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ACRATH Newsletter July 2014

Posted in July 19th, 2014
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Latest ACRATH News

ACRATH signThe latest ACRATH Newsletter outlines the activities ACRATH has been engaged in over recent months in order to raise awareness about human trafficking, to advocate on behalf of women, men and children who have been trafficked into Australia and to support those who have been trafficked as they try to recover from their experience.

Download a copy of the ACRATH Newsletter July 2014 here.

Tackling Forced Labour

Posted in July 18th, 2014
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New ILO Protocol

ILOAt the International Labour Conference held in June 2014 a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour was adopted.  The Protocol was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.  “The Protocol and Recommendation mark a major step forward in the fight against forced labour and represent a firm commitment among governments, employer and worker organizations to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery,” Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General said. “Forced labour violates the human rights and dignity of millions of women and men, girls and boys.  The Protocol  to Convention No 29 on forced Labour aims to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, as well as to intensify efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery.  Read more…

In a joint media release the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, Leader of the Government in the Senate, Minister for Employment, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and the Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice spoke of Australia’s support for the new protocol.  Read more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in July 12th, 2014
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Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 7

The July 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights some of the issues found in the 2014 TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Report.  In particular it reflects on how victims can be helped to become survivors.  ”For those who have endured the exploitation of modern slavery, even the most effective justice system and the most innovative efforts to prevent future trafficking will not reverse the abuse and trauma that millions of trafficking victims have endured.” (TIP, p 7)

Download your copy of the July issue here.

Anti-Human Trafficking Resources

Posted in July 10th, 2014
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United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference Resources

usccbThe mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) is to educate on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person; to advocate for an end to modern day slavery; and to provide training and technical assistance on this issue. They have recently released two YouTube clips about human trafficking and modern day slavery.  View Stop Slavery and Human Trafficking.

They have also produced a toolkit to assist parishes and dioceses in finding ways to address the evils of modern day slavery.  Read more…

Slave Free Easterin 2015

Posted in July 9th, 2014
by ACRATH

Now is the Time to Plan

chocolate boyACRATH would like to thank Aldi supermarkets and Haigh’s Chocolate for making it easier to purchase ethical Easter eggs in 2014.  Your sale of products which carry a certification label gives consumers confidence that the products they are buying do not have slavery in their supply chain.

ACRATH now invites al  supporters to make contact with their local supermarkets and ask that in 2015 they stock Easter Eggs manufactured using certified cocoa. Alternatively, using the links below, contact the supermarkets customer service pages and tell them you had trouble purchasing certified chocolate. Encourage them to stock more next year.

Consumer demand is a powerful way to spread the message that child slavery is not to be tolerated.

Fair Trade Communities

Posted in July 7th, 2014
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Guidelines for School

Fiar Trade SchoolsSupport the global Fair Trade movement.  Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. These measures also reduce vulnerability to human trafficking.  Your school community can make a difference for those who are vulnerable by becoming a Fair Trade school and supporting initiatives that prevent the exploitation of those who are poor and vulnerable. Read more…

Canadian Parliament Passes New Laws

Canadian flagAfter 10 years of work by Member of Parliament Joy Smith, and many hours of advocacy by UNANIMA communities, on June 4, 2014 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, introduced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay in response to a Supreme Court decision (Canada v Bedford).

  • For the first time in Canada’s history, the buying of sexual services will be illegal.
  • For the first time, prostituted / trafficked women will not be treated as a nuisance but treated with dignity.
  • For the first time, the government of Canada will provide robust funding to help women and youth escape prostitution.

Read more…

Treatment of Young Women Inhumane

Posted in July 4th, 2014
by ACRATH

Saddened and Angered Concurrently

Jane Branigan Photo 2As part of her theological studies Jane Branigan wrote a paper on human trafficking.  She explains here how she came to do this:

“I am married to Vincent Branigan, mother of Seamus (27) and Bridget (25). I receive love, joy and a sense of purpose from my family. Vince and I live in Benalla, and work at FCJ College. Youth Ministry and Religious Education are two of my passions. My Christian faith is the pivotal focus of my life.

I became aware of Trafficking in Humans through viewing the film “The Jammed.” Released in 2007, inspired by court transcripts and true events, the film tells the story of a Chinese mother arriving in Melbourne to search for her missing daughter. The daughter and two other girls had been trafficked into illegal prostitution in Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

I was saddened and angered concurrently. This treatment of young women in was inhumane and very wrong.

In 2012 I took five months long service leave from teaching to further my studies in Theology at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne. For the Pastoral Care unit I chose to research and write this paper about the trafficking of young women for the purposes of sexual exploitation. I hope that you are also enraged when people are treated as commodities rather than dignified people made in the image and likeness of God. ”

Download Jane’s paper here.

Behind the Bar Code

Posted in June 27th, 2014
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Electronics Industry Trends

Behind the Bar CodeResearch conducted by international aid and development organisation Baptist World Aid Australia in conjunction with their partner Not for Sale, a U.S. anti-slavery campaign, is the second report in the Behind the Barcode series released by the organisations, stemming from a need to educate consumers to shop ethically.  With mounting pressure on the electronics industry to ensure worker rights are respected, Nokia was found to be the only electronics company out of 39 investigated who demonstrated they were paying workers sufficient wages to meet their basic needs in countries like India and China, according to a new Electronics Industry Trends Report.  Read more…

Remembering Carol Hogan sss

Posted in June 23rd, 2014
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A Serene, Cheerful and Generous Woman

Carol HoganACRATH members wish to pay tribute to Carol Hogan sss who died on Monday 2nd June.  Carol made a significant contribution to ACRATH through the person that she was, through her taking up of the role of Victorian co-ordinator and then National Secretary and through her encouragement of a group of young professional women who wished to take up the fight against human trafficking.  At her funeral on 1oth June Sr Carole McDonald rsm delivered the following tribute to Carol.

“It seems very fitting that a woman who had begun her adult life as a Contemplative Religious in a Congregation devoted to the Blessed Eucharist, before turning to theological studies and ministry to students, should use those skills and inner qualities to work towards the extinction of all forms of exploitation in particular of women. Carol often said that it is difficult for Christians to celebrate the Eucharist completely while members of the Body of Christ are suffering through the denial of their human rights and dignity.

We members of ACRATH were privileged to benefit from Carol’s utter dedication to the education of the wider community about this evil. Carol gave not only her time, but more especially the fruits of her rich inner life of prayer, her insights and her ability to innovate with new ideas and to work towards their achievement. We will continue to miss Carol’s serene, cheerful and generous presence among us, her tireless activity urging us on and her reminders through the inspirational prayers she provided for our meetings, that God is not bound by gender. God was always Sophia for Carol and we commend her now to enjoy that abiding new life in the presence of Sophia/Wisdom/Love, towards which her whole life was directed.”

(C) 2011 ACRATH Inc - Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans