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Trafficking Victims Need Compensation

Posted in October 25th, 2016

compensationCompensation is a Right not a Privilege

Human trafficking and slavery happens here in Australia. People are being exploited and controlled in situations of  servitude, forced labour, deceptive recruiting for labour services, forced marriage and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a heinous crime that violates a person’s human rights.  Human trafficking is a federal crime. To empower survivors as they recover from the harm and trauma they have experienced it is essential that they have access to appropriate compensation. Access to compensation is a right not a privilege. A new report by the Law Council of Australia and Anti-Slavery Australia has laid out the compelling case for the immediate construction of a national compensation scheme for survivors of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. ACRATH is happy to support the campaign for a National Compensation Scheme. Read more…


Child Trafficking

Posted in October 25th, 2016

child-traffickingA Study on Services, Resources, Policies and Practices

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a study that presents the features of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care program model that most effectively meets the specialized needs of foreign-born child victims of human trafficking. Also shared are key findings from the study related to individual outcomes for child victims of trafficking, the services and resources provided to child victims of trafficking, and the policies and practices of URM programs for the recruitment, training, and support of foster families and program staff. Download a copy of Child Victims of Human Trafficking.

Slavery in Supply Chains

Posted in October 13th, 2016

Do You Know Where Your Clothes Come From?

Walk Free has produced this video clip to inform consumers about the power they have to make a difference. Demanding cheaper goods can fuel the demand for slave labour. What choices will you make in the future?


Posted in October 10th, 2016

ACRATH 16 days campaign 2016

Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day.

The campaign looks at the different forms of violence that women and girls face. The theme this year is, ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all!’

Human trafficking is one of the greatest examples of violence against women and girls.  Human trafficking is a $150 billion global industry – and growing. As well, millions of women and girls are forced to work in terrible conditions for little pay and no chance of an education.

Join the campaign



To find out more about ACRATH’s 16 Days campaign contact

Sr Mary Mercer rsj

Posted in October 4th, 2016

mercer-maryWoman of Faith & Graciousness, True Follower of St Mary Mackillop

St Ignatius Church in Norwood, Adelaide, was filled to capacity with people of all ages for the requiem Mass for Sr Mary Mercer on Tuesday 4 th October. Members of ACRATH SA were among this gathering of people whose lives Mary had touched and who were deeply saddened by her passing. Mary had been a member of ACRATH SA since 2011 and was Regional Coordinator during 2014-2015.

Mary had been a leader in Catholic Education in South Australia and later in life was committed to the ministry of  hospital chaplaincy. Deeply appreciated attributes of this beautiful woman, faith, graciousness- even under adversity, humility, integrity, loyalty and generosity were acknowledged in the eulogy.

Archbishop Wilson speaking at the conclusion of the Mass said that Mary was an exemplar of the Josephite charism, a true follower of St Mary MacKillop and that in losing her something precious had been lost. ACRATH sends condolences to the Sisters of St Joseph and to Mary’s family.


Posted in September 29th, 2016

acrath-calendar-20172017 ACRATH Calendars

The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015 created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia.

We hope this 2017 edition continues to:

  • Promote awareness of human trafficking issues
  • Promote ACRATH and its work
  • Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations, worldwide and within Australia
  • Fundraise for ACRATH’s work
  • Provide some income for a project in South East Asia supporting victims of human trafficking.

The Cost of the Calendar is $10 (GST Free). If your Calendar Order requires a postal delivery please include cost of postage in your payment.

Click here to obtain an Order Form. Order forms can be emailed to

Business Engagement at the United Nations

Posted in September 28th, 2016

sds-reviewHigh-Level Political Forum on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Held at the United Nations in July 2015, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)  serves as a platform to review country, major groups and other stakeholders’ progress on attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). During this Forum there was a High-Level Side-Event on Partnerships to End Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains. The key question addressed by panelists was: “how to ensure that supply chains can be a positive force for quality job creation as well as sustainable and inclusive social and economic development?” The event also explored “the challenges in supply chains, the responses of the private sector and beyond; the salient challenges in governance; and what guidance programs and initiatives are needed to achieve this goal.” The Side-Event also proposed the  establishment of a Dignity Partnership of governments and civil society groups to implement SDG Target 8.7 in relation to supply chains. Read more…

Judges Summit on Human Trafficking

Posted in September 26th, 2016


Opening New Paths of Justice

In June 2016 a summit was held in the Vatican. Over a hundred judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and representatives of legal organizations from some 20 different countries gathered to share best practice from their experiences of working to fight trafficking, slave labour and the trade in human organs. The event was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Science. During the summit Pope Francis called on judges to “work together in breaking down barriers and opening new paths of justice for the promotion of human dignity, freedom, responsibility, happiness and, ultimately, peace.”  The proceedings of this summit, including an address by Pope Francis, are now available online in print and video format.

ACRATH Advocacy Report

Posted in September 23rd, 2016

canberra-news-20162016 Visit to Federal Parliament

The latest issue of ACRATH News provides a report on ACRATH’s recent visit to Federal Parliament. Over a four day period ACRATH met with 51 Members of Parliament, including 4 meetings with Ministers and Ministerial advisors. The MPs were from the Government, the Opposition and the Crossbench; they were from both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

We also had meetings with staff at four Embassies for whom human trafficking is of particular concern. The team also met with staff from 8 other key parties: the Australian Federal Police, Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (both Communications and Research), the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Salvation Army Freedom Partnership and Anti-Slavery Australia, and the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office where we gave a one hour presentation to state directors.

Some MPs were visibly moved by the accounts we shared. Some acknowledged us as a credible source for informing them. The Chief of Staff for one very senior MP commented, ‘We have so much respect and admiration for the work you do. All the best.’ Download a copy of the full report.

New Zealand Bans Forced Marriages

Posted in September 21st, 2016

New Domestic Violence Legislation

On 13th September 2013 the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, announced changes to the Domestic Violence Act. Among the fifty changes was the banning of  coercive or forced marriages. The legislative changes have been welcome by a number of anti-domestic violence charities including Shine, Women’s Refuge New Zealand and Shakti New Zealand. Read more…

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