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Kyla Raby

Anti-slavery researcher and practitioner, University of South Australia

Kyla Raby is an internationally recognised anti-slavery researcher and practitioner. She is a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia researching the role of the consumer in state legislative efforts to regulate modern slavery in global supply chains. Kyla is also involved in numerous research projects related to the identification, protection and support of survivors of exploitation and her research has been published in global anti-trafficking and slavery journals.

Kyla has worked with survivors of human trafficking and slavery and designed anti-slavery interventions in the United Kingdom, Greece, Bangladesh and Australia where she currently leads the Australian Red Cross's national modern slavery prevention and response programs.

Insights from both her research and practical experience have helped to inform anti-slavery law and policy in Australia and New Zealand. Kyla is a member of the inaugural NSW Anti-Slavery Commissioner Advisory Panel and of the Commonwealth Government’s Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Research Network, led by the Australian Institute of Criminology. She is also a member of the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery & Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre Peer Review College, dedicated to funding high quality and policy impact-focused research on modern slavery.

Kyla has lived and worked in over 20 countries in social service, humanitarian and philanthropic roles with government and non-government agencies and the private sector. This has included leading community development projects in Kenya and Cambodia as well as an earthquake recovery program in Nepal. She is a protection, gender and inclusion delegate with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. She holds a Master of Public and International Law, a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of International Relations. Kyla is a sessional teacher with UniSA Online and RMIT Online.


  • 2018–present
    Lead - Human Trafficking, Forced Labour & Forced Marriage, Australian Red Cross


  • 2015 
    Melbourne University , Master of Public and International Law
  • 2009 
    University of South Australia, Bachelor of Journalism
  • 2009 
    University of South Australia, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)


  • 2021
    The Impact of Covid-19 on the Identification of Victims of Modern Slavery and their Access to Support Services in Australia, Journal of Modern Slavery