Project Respect is an intersectional feminist, non faith based organisation. We are a specialised support service and peer community for women and gender diverse people with experience in the sex industry, including experiences of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. 

What We Do

We provide one-on-one strengths based support to women and gender diverse people to access essential services, undertake outreach to licensed brothels, build connections within community, invest in research and evidence-based advocacy for women’s rights, and deliver evidence-based workforce development training to empower community service providers to better support women in the sex industry, including those who have experienced trafficking. 

Our Vision

Project Respect’s Vision is a world where women are free from trafficking, sexual exploitation, violence and harm.

Our Purpose

Project Respect’s purposes are to: 

  • Provide support to women and gender diverse people with experience in the sex industry to achieve self-directed goals, including equitable access to services; 
  • Provide support to women and gender diverse people who have experienced trafficking for sexual exploitation, whether current, historic, international or domestic; 
  • Advocate for structural change to end sexual exploitation. 

We provide a platform to elevate and amplify the voices of, while also being informed and guided by, those with past and present lived experience. 

Our Values

  • We are an intersectional feminist organisation, with all advocacy, support, and programs embodying a feminist philosophy
  • We position trafficking and sexual exploitation as a global, gendered, and structural issue
  • Our service provision is person-centred, collaborative, inclusive, and respectful of service users’ decisions
  • Our strong evidence-base supports proactive and courageous work to advance human rights for women  

Project Respect is committed to a diverse workplace where people are free from discrimination and disadvantage and are afforded dignity and respect.    

Project Respect commits to LGBTQIA+ inclusion and supports anyone who self-identifies as a woman, including all LGBTQIA+ women, as well as gender diverse and non-binary people. 

Project Respect acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge that these lands have never been ceded.   

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  • Highly commended in the 2020 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence in the Community Innovation Category
  • Finalist 2015 Australian Human Rights Commission Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award
  • Proud winner of the 2013 Hesta Community Services (Social Impact) Award
  • Highly commended in the 2012 Australian Government National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards (Excellence in Supporting Pathways to Employment or Education)
  • Proud winner of the 2011 Our Community Kookaburra Award (Community Group)
  • Recipient of Inaugural Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award 2011 (Organisation Contribution)