The Freedom Project's vision is to see a world without injustice and inequality, where every person can develop to their full potential, is safe and cared for, within communities that are thriving places of safety, trust and harmony.


The mission of The Freedom Project is to build safe communities that engaged, informed, empowered and equipped to transition out of poverty and be a voice for the voiceless. We do this primarily through preventing, rescuing and rehabilitating those trapped in the cycle of human trafficking and modern slavery.

our story

Since 2010, The Freedom Project has been a growing global movement of freedom advocates - fighting against the injustice of trafficking & slavery.

It all began in 2007, when Liz Newton-Brown first became aware of the horrific plight of trafficked children. She and a group of friends wanted to do something practical and so they organised a fundraiser. However, the burden remained on Liz's heart, and she spent the next couple of years investigating and learning more. Liz and her husband Mike then went to India and saw some of the challenges for themselves. Upon returning, Mike & Liz would not stand for the injustices they had seen. They made a commitment to start something and try to make a difference.

In 2010, Liz & Mike Newton-Brown launched The Freedom Project. It began with one project in South East Asia. Now The Freedom Project works in Myanmar, India and the Philippines serving over 10,000 vulnerable people each year. Through this work, we run projects that are focused on Prevention, Rescue and Restoration for individuals and communities that are involved in or vulnerable to human trafficking and modern slavery. The vision remains the same: to create a movement to fight injustice and bring freedom one life at a time. Read more about our work.

Mike and Liz have a strong mission and international aid background, have spent several years serving overseas. They love working with people and serving the vulnerable and oppressed. Their work is shaped by who they are, and they would love you to join them!

The team

Mike Newton-Brown – Co-Founder & CEO

Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Freedom Project, an international justice non-profit organisation, addressing the issues of human trafficking and modern slavery. With a wealth of charity, mission and international development experience, Mike operates as a consultant to The Freedom Project field partners. Mike is also CEO of Leisures Shoe Boutique, with 6 stores operating on Sydney’s north shore. Mike and his wife Liz live in Sydney with their three adult children. Mike loves travel, coffee and having a chat to people.

Liz Newton-Brown – Co-Founder & Director of Public Relations

Liz, along with her husband Mike, established The Freedom Project back in 2010 out of a passion to address issues of injustice in the world. She is a key spokesperson for The Freedom Project and loves to mobilise people in Australia to take action against issues of injustice. As a trained Early Childhood Educator, Liz understands the importance and practice of nurturing and protecting young children at risk; which The Freedom Project implements through early-childhood programmes. Liz loves mentoring young women and spending time with her young adult children.

Suzanne – Director of International Investigations

Suzanne joined The Freedom Project in 2017 as we expanded into consulting on investigations internationally. She is a Former Detective with the NSW Police Force with 24 years’ operational experience having worked in various specialised units. Since 2012, she has focused her work with various anti-trafficking NGOs, as well as advocating for social justice issues in various forms. She works with The Freedom Project running investigations and training in host countries, focusing in the area of child sex trafficking and other forms of human violation.  She is the Peace Ambassador for the United Peace Federation and continues to fight for justice globally.

Marissa Smithson – Advocacy & Communications Director

Marissa joined The Freedom Project in 2017 as Advocacy & Communications Director. With over 10 years’ experience in various international aid and justice NGOs, Marissa brings an extensive range of skills in coordinating the daily operations of The Freedom Project. She is passionate about women’s rights, fair-trade and ethical consumption, speaking to the Australian public about justice issues, and purposeful travel. 

annual reports & financial statements

As a registered charity of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), we submit Annual Information Statements and Financial Reports which can be viewed here

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