Amber Hawkes

Amber Hawkes (She/her)

Principal, Online Safety & Digital Literacy
Pearl Consulting

Amber Hawkes is a subject matter expert in online safety, human trafficking and violence against women and children. With 15+ years of experience building strategy and programs, leading teams and conducting policy and legal advocacy in the non-profit, government and for-profit sectors, she currently consults with leading technology companies, non-profits and UN bodies on initiatives to protect people from technology-facilitated abuse.
Amber was most recently the Asia-Pacific Head of Safety for Meta (then Facebook). In this role, she drove regional safety policy strategy and engaged with NGOs and policymakers across the region on the issues of child safety, women’s safety, online well-being (including bullying prevention and suicide prevention) and human trafficking to continuously improve content policies, products, tools, and resources to keep the Facebook community safe.

Before this, Amber was the founding Chief Executive of the Australian partner of global anti-trafficking NGO, International Justice Mission (IJM), leading a team working to strengthen the response of justice systems to protect the vulnerable across the region. She also led IJM’s team of lawyers prosecuting human trafficking cases in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, India. She worked for the Australian federal government prosecuting online child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and sex-tourism cases.

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