Event Description

SAFE Futures: An evening to combat human trafficking and exploitation with Sean Hatwell.  

Tearfund invites you to a fundraising event to hear our ambitious vision to combat human trafficking and exploitation in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Locations & Venues: 
17th August | Christchurch, Aldersgate Centre
24th August | Wellington, Mojo Coffee (Asteron Centre) 

Cost: $35

7.00pmMix & mingle
7.30pm | Presentation, drinks, light bites and sweet treats

RSVP: Monday 7th August (Christchurch), 14th August (Wellington)
Dress: Smart-casual
Parking: On street parking is available on surrounding streets, otherwise there are parking buildings nearby.

About the event:
Over drinks and nibbles, Modern Slavery expert Sean Hatwell will introduce us to Tearfund's Safe, Aware, Free and Empowered (SAFE) programme through stories from the field. The SAFE programme aims to reduce human trafficking and exploitation in five countries through Farming & Enterprise and Modern Slavery initiatives.

With almost 50 years of proven expertise in establishing sustainable livelihoods across the world, Tearfund’s SAFE programme sees the weaving together of agricultural projects with protection initiatives to equip vulnerable communities to be resilient from exploitation and shocks to their environment.

Tearfund is one of New Zealand’s leading aid and development organisations working for a just and compassionate world. We are partnering with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to implement this incredible five-year, match-funded SAFE programme. Every $1 you donate will unlock $2 of MFAT funding in support of this work.

We hope you partner with us to see lasting change and lives turned around through the work of Tearfund’s local partners.

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Our Speakers

Sean Hatwell was formerly a New Zealand Police Detective and the Head of the Organised Crime Team for LIFT International in Thailand. Sean will share stories and reflections of the heartbreak of injustice, but also about the significant impact and encouraging progress that has been achieved.

We have celebrated over a decade of creating systemic change in Southeast Asia through LIFT, an organisation that was started by Kiwis. Now, we are focusing on the future of this work, equipping new local partners to fight against the rising tide of trafficking and exploitation in their communities.

Sean has recently spent time in the Solomon Islands, where our partner is now being mentored by LIFT to fight exploitation and abuse through prosecution and policy changes—benefiting from the lessons learnt in Southeast Asia.

During this event, you will be invited to continue your support or to consider partnering with Tearfund and MFAT.

Please join us in taking decisive action against human trafficking and exploitation, releasing people into SAFE futures.

More about our Guest Speaker:

Sean has led over 60 investigations into human trafficking and child sexual exploitation cases in Asia and the Pacific, including several high-profile, complex and successful human trafficking and child sexual exploitation investigations. These investigations resulted in a high number of arrests and created systemic changes to prevent further trafficking. Sean has expertise in issues of human trafficking and exploitation in New Zealand and has assisted with Tearfund’s work in the Pacific.

Introducing Tearfund’s National Partnerships Manager and emcee for the Safe Futures events, Charlotte Rowse.

Recently, Charlotte travelled to the Solomon Islands to see the Safe, Aware, Free and Empowered (SAFE) programme in action through Tearfund’s local partners.

Witnessing the challenges faced by rural communities, and the seeds of change sown in the Solomons, Charlotte has returned with a renewed determination to amplify the voices and aspirations of our partners. She will shine a light on their relentless commitment to leading change for their communities in breaking the cycle of poverty and exploitation.

Charlotte will guide you through an evening of powerful storytelling, exclusive content fresh from the field and encourage you about the hope and change you can be part of through partnership.


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