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Advocating for the Rights of Trafficked People

Posted in September 16th, 2014

ACRATH Members to Visit Federal Parliament

Logo 1Thirteen ACRATH members from around Australia will make their annual visit to Federal Parliament from 22-25 September 2014 in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. ACRATH has at least 54 meetings scheduled during this advocacy week.

During our time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Ministerial advisors, Departmental staff, Embassy staff, and Church leaders in our continuing battle to ensure the rights of trafficked people are met.  Adopting a human rights approach key advocacy issues will include support services for women and men trafficked into Australia, a compensation scheme that will assist rehabilitation and the need to ensure a slavery free supply chain for goods coming into Australia.

ACRATH would be grateful for your prayerful support during our time of advocacy in Canberra.  Thank you.

Download the ACRATH Media Release.

Human Trafficking Not Confined to Poor Countries

Posted in September 13th, 2014

Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations

Archbishop TomasiIn an address to the 27th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, chose slavery as the theme of his address.  While referring to a number of tragic forms of contemporary slavery that have recently attracted the attention of the media and the international community, such as “massive kidnappings and sale of young girls under the false premises of religious teachings as is done, for example, by Boko Haram in Nigeria or by the so-called Islamic State group in northern Iraq,” he indicated there are “other, subtler forms of slavery that deserve specific attention, including the 5.7 million children who are victims of forced and bonded labour, domestic servitude, early, forced and servile marriage … and caste-based forms of slavery, which affect the lives of so many and are not confined to developing and poor countries”.  He went on to say that despite the existence of international conventions to protect against modern forms of slavery greater public will is required to ensure they are effective instruments.  Read more…


Music Against Child Labour

Posted in September 12th, 2014

Dedicate a Concert or a Song

Music Against child LabourMusic is a universal language. Although we sing in every tongue, it also expresses emotions we cannot say in words. It links us all. Together, the world of music can raise its voice and instruments against child labour.

All children have the right to their childhood: to learn, to play and to grow in safety. Yet, today, 168 million girls and boys are still trapped in child labour, 85 million in its worst forms – slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, illicit activities or hazardous work. Many are deprived of education.

Music Against Child Labour calls upon the musicians of the world - whether you are a soloist, in a band or ensemble, orchestra or choir - to dedicate one concert in 2014 to the fight against child labour.  The global Music Against Child Labour Initiative was launched in 2013 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), International Federation of Musicians (FIM), FESNOJIV and a host of international music personalities. The campaign calls on musicians, bands, ensembles, orchestras and choirs to dedicate concerts and songs, in 2014, to the fight against child labour. By doing so we are able to raise awareness around one of the most important issues of our time and move one step closer to eliminating child labour once and for all.  Read more…

Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy

Posted in September 10th, 2014

Statement from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca

LuisCdeBaca_250_1According to a 2014 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report forced labour generates around $150 billion in illegal profits per year. Victims of forced labour are held in conditions of slavery in a variety of jobs.  Goods and services tainted by forced labour can be the food we eat, the clothes we wear or a variety of other goods we purchase.

At the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing in July 2014 Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, delivered a statement entitled Modern day slavery and what we buy.  Ambassador CdeBaca comments,” We have a responsibility to the 20-plus million people around the world to break that cycle of human trafficking that forms the basis of so many products and goods to drive out a supply chain the patterns of vulnerabilities to forced labor, and to address socio-economic foundations of poverty that ensnare so many into these exploitative situations.” (Photo: US Department of State)  Read more…

First Human Trafficking Charges in New Zealand

Posted in September 8th, 2014

horticultureMen Trafficked into Horticulture Industry

Immigration New Zealand have indicated human trafficking charges have been laid in New Zealand for the first time.  Two men are charged with trafficking eighteen Indian men to New Zealand to work in the horticulture industry.  The incident took place in the Nelson region in 2008-2009.  The charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine of $500,000 under the Crimes Act 1961.  Read more…

‘Broken Dreamers’ MTV EXIT & BIRKII

Posted in September 8th, 2014

Broken DreamsWhat is Human Trafficking?

Do you know what human trafficking is?  Would you know how to recognises this crime.  A video clip recently released by MTV Exit tells the story of three characters caught in nightmarish situations of human trafficking also know as modern day slavery.  Created by McCann Sydney the video exposes s0me of the tricks played by traffickers to lure their victims.   View video…

Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no.483

AIC Trends & IssuesThe fifth and final paper in the Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC) analysis of data from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Counter Trafficking Module (CTM) has been published.  The paper is entitle Recovery, return and reintegration of Indonesian victims of trafficking.  Once a trafficked person has exited an exploitative situation, they may require support to return and reintegrate into their chosen community. Understanding these experiences has important benefits in developing a better understanding of what assists returnees to recover and may decrease the likelihood of re-trafficking.  Read more…

Journalist Wins Award with ACRATH Article

Posted in September 6th, 2014

Congratulations to Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook

Catholic Outlook ArticlePublished in the Catholic Outlook November 2013 issue, Virginia Knight’s article Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans took out the award for Best Social Justice Coverage at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards for Excellence 2014.  The awards were presented by the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, at the National Press Club in Canberra.  The judge said: “This article had as its focus some of the poorest, powerless and most vulnerable people in our world. It was well written and had the capacity to touch the heart and inspire the reader to action. It helps to expose an issue that gets very little publicity anywhere. It provides readers with an understanding of the underlying causes of trafficking and slavery as well as a sense of direction as to how to act in support of the cause if they choose to do so.”

ACRATH congratulates Virginia Knight on winning this award.  We also thank her for writing this article and helping to raise awareness about human trafficking, an issue that violates the dignity and rights of vulnerable people. (Photo: Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook)  Read more…

MondelezThis Problem is Urgent

Human trafficking and exploitation remain bitter hidden ingredients in the chocolate that we eat. Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, continue to be trafficked to pick and harvest cocoa beans that are used to create our favourite chocolate treats. Their freedom is taken and they are forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions on the cocoa plantations without receiving any money for their work.

Mondeléz International are the largest chocolate company in the world (owners of the Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone brands to name just a few!)  Mondeléz have a critical role to play in bringing an end to the injustice of child slavery. Mondeléz have already made financial commitments to tackling child labour through their Cocoa Life plan, these plans don’t go far enough. This problem is urgent, their solutions are slow.

ACRATH invites you to join the STOP THE TRAFFIK campaign urging Mondeléz International to:

  1. Certify their entire chocolate range
  2. Increase their financial investment – Commit at least 1% of pre-tax profits to implementing programmes to eliminate the use of trafficked child labour
  3. Make transparent the details of how your Cocoa Life investment will be spent.

Click here to take action.

Slaves No More, But Brothers and Sisters

Posted in August 27th, 2014

Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace 2015

Vatican PopeThe Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has announced that Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace 2015 will be entitled “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters”.  World Day of Peace is observed annually on 1st January.  The Pope’s message will be sent to  foreign ministers throughout the world. This will be the first time that slavery has been the theme of the day.  Throughout his pontificate Pope Francis has often spoken about the horror of human trafficking and slavery calling it “a terrible offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights.”  Read more…

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