Laura Vidal, Head of Social Policy
Laura is a passionate advocate for women and girls, having spent 10 years supporting and advocating for those impacted by human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices including early and forced marriage. With a background in case management and project coordination, Laura had led and delivered services to asylum seekers and refugees, women experiencing homelessness and individuals impacted by human trafficking and slavery. Laura brings her experiences of service delivery to lead the development of policy and advocacy work with Good Shepherd. Laura is one of Australia’s leading experts in understanding and responding to early and forced Marriage. In 2016, Laura received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, which took her on a study-tour of six countries to develop innovative and best practice solutions to early and forced marriage. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Social Work, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Criminology at Monash University.