IASC Awards: Rules & Information

The IASC Awards honour outstanding achievement in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. The Awards celebrate innovative technology such as phone safety apps, computer software to track faceless victims, police doing astounding rescues, and doctors, lawyers and volunteers helping pro-bono.

The Awards are a “thank you” to celebrities and government, using their platforms to end trafficking and slavery. We also award education and awareness programs, and the the arts and writing & media.

See: Full list of Award Categories

Attend 2022 Awards Night

How do nominations work?

Nominate for 2023 Awards Here

The Board felt it was unfair and almost impossible to avoid a conflict of interest for the IASC to fairly select one nominee over another, or one winner over another when every one of them is a hero in their own right.

So, we opened it to the public. Throughout the year we receive nominations and tally the numbers, and the ten individuals (or groups) who receive the most nominations that year are the ten nominees.

All nominees are presented with a commemorative plaque at the Gala Awards Ceremony. The nominee in that category who received the most votes is also presented with the Medal of Freedom Medal for that Category.

Anyone can nominate

Nominations are open to the general public. You do not need to be of a particular country’s residence to nominate. You also do not need to be a member

Closing Date

We accept nominations at any time throughout the year. Nominations received after the closing date will automatically be counted towards the following year.
So, nominate someone today!

Voting has closed for 2022

See the 2022 List of Nominees

If people have nominated you, they would also want the opportunity to vote for you to win the prized “Medal of Freedom” for your category. When your friends, family and supporters learn you made the “final ten” across the globe, they will be justifiably exited to share the good news, which creates the kind of “viral social media moment” we need to truly make change.

Awards are not just a compliment to you and your team, they are a way to raise public awareness, which saves lives.

Nominees are offered a 5 min TED-like talk if they attend our free training day, which would be professionally filmed so they can use on social media to promote their cause.

Or...email us to arrange a human trafficking awareness day, or a guest speaker at one of your events.

Receiving a nomination helps you promote your cause & group. It inspires you and your team, and others who see your success. Awards develop your resume & credentials to put your charity or group in front of higher level government bodies and sponsors – vital to the success of your group for future campaigns and grant applications. Awards connect you to other services in your area with a glamorous night out you can use as a special thank you and reward for your team.

To really make change, we need the public, government and charities working together. We need the numbers to bring a strong bipartisan voice to the table. When people see your award plaque on social media they get a positive message: that there are heroic people are out there, trying to end slavery and trafficking. It encourages the public to volunteer with us and join the fight. …and, let’s face it, Awards night are fun. They give us a night off as well. Getting dressed up and having some fun is a far cry form the horrible stories we deal with daily. It’s for a good cause! #PartyWithAPurpose

Where is the Awards Night and what is provided?

St. Croix Ballroom,
Mirage Casino & Resort
3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard,
Las Vegas. Nevada. 89109

6:00pm red carpet welcome & cocktails
7:00pm buffet dinner banquet

Free welcome cocktails
Dinner banquet
Giveaways & lucky door prizes
Free parking
Bookings essential

Can Anyone attend the awards gala?

Yes, anyone can attend the evening. It’s going to be a great, fun night! Table Bookings Here

Who normally attends the Awards nights?

All welcome! In attendance will be local and interstate police, representatives from several DA’s offices, international speakers, nominees from the 2022 Award’s List, their supporters and the general public. This year’s guest of honour and 2022 Medal of Freedom winner is keynote speaker is Paul Hutchinson.

What should I wear?

This is a night to really go for it! Some women will wear cocktail/glamour style. Some long dresses, but for us here at the IASC it’s spangles all the way – the more spangles the better! As far as men – please let’s really show them how to shine in your best black-tie outfit! For military, police, fire & rescue – if you are staying in the hotel, why not arrive in your dress uniform for the photos and awards, and change later to be more relaxed and have a dance with us! Get a red carpet photo on the way in with our professional photographer and let’s have some fun doing it in style!

Who sees my vote?

All nominations and votes are anonymous

How do I know if I’ve won?

All nominees are listed on our website shortly after the closing date for that year. Nominees will be notified by email shortly thereafter.

Can I nominate or vote more than once?

Yes, nominate and vote as many times as you like. Both nominations and voting are anonymous.

The Media, Journalism, Music & the Arts Award has the following special conditions:

The Award is not for an individual piece of work, it is for and extensive and significant contribution over several years, or a lifetime. By accepting a nomination, each Nominee warrants to the Organiser that their work is an original work of the Nominee which does not infringe the rights, including copyright and privacy rights, of any third party. Each Nominee agrees to indemnify the Organiser against all costs or loss suffered as a result of any claim by a third party arising from a breach of the warranty set out in this rule.


The collection, use, and disclosure of personal information provided in connection with this Competition are governed by the Privacy Notice.

All nominations are confidential and the person being nominated should not be advised of the nomination or approached for information.   The information on the nomination form is used only to assist the nomination & voting process.

The IASC collects personal information in order to conduct the awards, however, we do not share information with any outside sources of any kind.

Country of Residence

You do not need to be a particular resident of any country to nominate, vote, or accept awards.

Prizes – Conditions

All prizes must be taken as offered. Any unused portion of a prize, is not transferable, exchangeable and cannot be redeemed as cash. The Organiser accepts no responsibility for any variation in the value of any non-monetary prize or any ancillary costs incurred by the prize winner in claiming a prize.

All prizes are subject to availability with no cash alternative and such elements are non-transferable and non-refundable. Prize winner(s) cannot change, vary, substitute or extend any element of a prize (in whole or in part).

If a prize or a portion of a prize is unavailable, for whatever reason, the Organiser may substitute the prize for a prize of equal or greater value.

If a prize winner is unable to claim any non-monetary prize during any applicable time period, that person forfeits that prize with no compensation or further liability of the Organiser.

Use of Entries

Any winning or shortlisted nominee’s publicly posted information may be used by the Organiser (and any person authorized to do so by either of them) only for the purpose of marketing and promoting the Competition and the Exhibition or future Competitions and Exhibitions, including for the purpose of:

a) displaying the Entries on the website and social media of the Competition Organiser, and partners;
b) displaying the Entries at Exhibitions/Conferences;
c) displaying the Entries in a book, diary, calendar or magazine or similar published work (whether print or digital);
d) publishing the Entries on posters, banners or similar to promote the Competition or the Exhibitions;
e) publishing the Entries on postcards to promote the Competition or Exhibitions;
f) cropping of publicity photos & info as necessary to fit pre-defined formats to promote the Competition and Exhibitions;
f) including the Entries within any materials promoting the Competition or the Exhibitions; and
g) including the Entries in any compilation publication published to celebrate any anniversary of the Competition, without further remuneration or reference to the participant. Creative control over the use of the Entry in any feature, including features produced for the purposes set out above, will remain with the Organiser at all times.


By entering the Awards Competition the nominee acknowledges and agrees that the Competition and any subsequent use of their Entry in accordance with these rules does not create a relationship between the winner and the Organiser or of employer and employee, principle and agent, partnership or joint venture.

Right to Verify

The Organiser reserves the right to verify the validity of Entries at any time and reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Organiser to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

Decisions will be Final

The Organiser’s decision on all matters relating to the Competition will be final and no correspondence regarding nominee selection or organization of the Awards will be entered into.


If, for any reason, the Competition is not capable of running as planned for reasons beyond the control of the Organiser, the Organiser may take any action available, including canceling, terminating, modifying, or suspending the Competition.

If, for any reason, the Competition is not capable of running as planned for reasons beyond the control of the Organiser, the Organiser may take any action available, including canceling, terminating, modifying, or suspending the Competition.


The Organiser and companies, hotels, venues, staff, and other entities associated with the Awards will not be liable for any loss (including indirect or consequential loss), damage, or personal injury which is suffered or sustained (including where caused by any person’s negligence) relating to the Competition or the awarding or taking of any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
a) Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Organiser (including its respective officers, employees and agents) are not responsible for and exclude all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Organiser’s control);
b) any theft, unauthorized access or third party interference;
c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Organiser) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Organiser
d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these rules or in the Competition information on the Competition website;
e) any liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or
f) use of the prize.


While the Organiser will make reasonable efforts to contact each Nominee whose Nomination is shortlisted and each winning Entrant, no responsibility will be taken where notification is not received by such Entrant.

Consumer Guarantees

Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act, as well as any other implied warranties under the Act or similar consumer protection law. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Organiser (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the promotion.


If this Competition is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Organiser, the Organiser reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any Entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the Competition, as appropriate.


If, for any reason, a nominee wishes not to accept an Award, or, if the IASC has a reason to Cancel the Nomination (such as, but not limited to: a Nominee operating knowingly against our Terms & Conditions, and/or having conflicting goals to the IASC’s Mission and purpose, or Nominees in highly inappropriate activities – such as knowingly using slaves in the supply line, any form of violence and intolerance, or being members of known domestic terror groups, cults or fanatical religious practices that lead to violence), that Nomination is deemed to be inadmissible, and therefore, the next person or group in line in the number of nominations that year will be deemed to be the legitimate, and rightful, Nominee. There will be no recourse of action, and no correspondence, or explanation will be given as to the reason behind the cancellation.

Exceptional Circumstances

If the Board deems that exceptional circumstances exist, it may consider nominations outside the periods prescribed and categories above on a case-by-case basis. Exceptional circumstances may include life-threatening illness of the nominee or strong evidence of significant service not covered by an earlier nomination.  

Further info & help

If you have any questions about nominations, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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