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Stop Trafficking!

Posted in May 25th, 2016

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 5

The May 2016 issue of Stop Trafficking is now available. It highlights aspects of labour trafficking and methods used to fight all forms of trafficking. Learn about exploitation in the garment industry in Bangladesh, slavery in the fishing industry in Thailand, financial transactions that could point to human trafficking and the benefits of addressing slavery in supply chains. Download the May issue of Stop Trafficking! here.

Preventing Exploitation of Migrant Workers

Posted in May 19th, 2016

Working to Inform Workers of their Rights

ACRATH members in Bundaberg are working to ensure that migrant workers in the area are informed of their rights as workers. There hope is to prevent migrant workers know who they can turn to for support so that they can avoid being exploited and avoid situation of forced labour.

Music for Freedom

Posted in May 18th, 2016

IMG_2793Students Donate Their Time to Promote Freedom

Music for Freedom, held in Strathfield on 14th May, was opened by Jodi McKay MP, the member for Strathfield, and compared by John Cleary from ABC Radio. The event was held to raise awareness about the existence of human trafficking and slavery in our world and to raise funds to support the work of ACRATH.


IMG_2804The audience was treated to an evening of musical variety and talent. Items included a jazz band, a chamber ensemble, vocal performances, a string ensemble and a saxophone quartet.

Performers came from Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Loretta Kirribilli, Marist Sisters College Woolwich, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta, Santa Sabina College Strathfield, St Scholastica’s College Glebe and Waverley College. Thank you to all who supported this event.

Cardinal NicholsCardinal Nichols Addresses the UN

The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis, to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Leader of the Santa Marta Group, addressed the UN at a Conference sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

In his address Cardinal Nichols stated “Human trafficking and slavery radically strips a person of this fundamental dignity, reducing them to the status of a commodity. It is an evil crying out to heaven.” He stressed to delegates that the cornerstone of the fight to eradicate human trafficking is effective, international cooperation at many levels. (Photo: Read more…

Fair Trade Fortnight 6-22 May

Posted in May 8th, 2016

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016Why Support Fairtrade?

When you choose Fairtrade certified products you’re voting with your dollars for a fairer global marketplace free of child labour and the exploitation of vulnerable people. Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things fair trade & the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers & workers in developing countries. Whether you are purchasing chocolate, tea, coffee, sports equipment or cotton look for Fair Trade products. This simple action can make a difference for farmers and workers. Read more…

ACRATH Campaigning in Adelaide

Posted in April 30th, 2016

Young People Visiting Supermarkets and Dessert Bars

Young ACRATH member, Francesca, tells of young people in Adelaide raising awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry. They have been encouraging supermarkets and dessert bars to sell chocolate produced with Fairtrade cocoa.

Pope Francis: The Joy of Love

Posted in April 29th, 2016

LoveReferences to Human Trafficking in Apostolic Exhortation

In his latest Apostolic Exhortaion, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis made a number of references to human trafficking:

“Migration is particularly dramatic and devastating to families and individuals when it takes place illegally and is supported by international networks of human trafficking. This is equally true when it involves women or unaccompanied children who are forced to endure long periods of time in temporary facilities and refugee camps, where it is impossible to start a process of integration.” (Amoris Laetitia, 46)

“Extreme poverty and other situations of family breakdown sometimes even lead families to sell their children for prostitution or for organ trafficking”. (Amoris Laetitia, 46)

“The best interests of the child should always underlie any decision in adoption and foster care. On the other hand, the trafficking of children between countries and continents needs to be prevented by appropriate legislative action and state control”. (Amoris Laetitia, 180)

Music for Freedom

Posted in April 29th, 2016

Don’t Miss this Opportunity: Book Your Seats Now

Music for FreedonHave you booked your seat for Music for Freedom yet? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be entertained and support the work of ACRATH’s anti-human trafficking initiatives at the same time.

When:  Saturday 14th May at 7pm
Where: Del Monte School Hall, Strathfield, NSW
(corner of The Boulevard & Carrington Street)
Tickets: $20 per adult, $10 per child

This event, which showcases the musical talent of students from some of Sydney’s Catholic schools, will be compared by John Cleary (ABC Radio, Sunday Nights). Be sure to register online. (This facility gives the option of booking and paying at the door on the evening).


Backwards NOT Forwards

Posted in April 28th, 2016

Backwards Not ForwardsModelez Reduction in Certified Cocoa Products

Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, are trafficked to pick and harvest Cocoa beans? We believe chocolate companies have a responsibility to seriously address the key issues that contribute to children being trafficked to work on cocoa farms and prevent the physical, emotional and sexual abuse these children are subjected to. It was therefore a great disappointment when Mondelez,  the largest chocolate company in the world (they own Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone brands) did not produce a Fair Trade Easter Egg in 2016 as they had done in previous years.

What can we do? Backwards is NOT Forwards. Ask Mondelez why they have not stocked their Fairtrade Dairy Milk Egg for Easter 2016! Join the STOP THE TRAFFIK campaign. Order postcards here and send them to Mondelez asking them to increase their supply of products made with certified cocoa.

Strategies to End Child Marriage

Posted in April 28th, 2016

Girls Not Brides ChecklistCheck List from GIRLS NOT BRIDES

GIRLS NOT BRIDES is a civil society partnership of more than 550 member organisations that are based in over 70 countries. Their aim is to give the issue of child marriage worldwide attention so that strategies can be put in place to end it. In February 2016 they issued A Checklist for National Strategies to End Child Marriage. In  the introduction to the document they state:

“Every year 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. There is unprecedented recognition that child marriage infringes their rights and is a major setback to development.”

The checklist is a tool that can be used for developing national strategies to prevent this violations of human rights.  Download a copy of the resource here.

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