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Protect People Trafficked into Australia

Posted in September 21st, 2014
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The Salvation Army and ACRATH are currently advocating to prevent the passage of certain provisions in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendments (2014 Budget Measures) 2014 Bill No. 2, (Schedule 9). If passed, individuals under 30 applying for Special Benefit will become subject to a six month exclusion period. This includes victims of slavery and migrant victims of domestic violence holding temporary spouse visas, some of whom may be victims of forced or servile marriage, including children. This legislation is now before the Senate. We are asking supporters to write to Minister Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services and to all Senators, to request that Special Benefit be removed in entirety from this legislation. 

Download a sample letter here.

Traffik Free Chocolate

Posted in September 21st, 2014
by ACRATH

chocolateMondeléz Campaign

Over a third of the cocoa that makes the world’s chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast, Africa. It’s highly likely that the beans that make your favourite chocolate bar come from here.  Cocoa harvesting is backbreaking and hazardous work. The shocking reality is that much of this work is done by children.  Despite improvements in the chocolate industry, human trafficking remains an ongoing and deep seated problem. Due to the hidden and illegal nature of human trafficking, gathering statistics on the scale of the problem is difficult. Estimates of child labour on cocoa farms in the Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana from organisation such as the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), UNICEF and Tulan University vary from 300,000 to 1 million from 2007-2013. We know that a portion of these children have been trafficked.

Despite grand announcements about investment of funds and numerous high level conversations with management and promises being made, Mondelez is yet to deliver. Join the campaign to ask Mondeléz for traffic-free chocolate.  Order postcards from Stop the Traffik – Australia@stopthetraffik.org – sign them and post them back to Stop the Traffik.  Postcards will be delivered to Ms Irene Rosenfeld the Mondeléz Global CEO in Chicago in early December.

 

Advocating for the Rights of Trafficked People

Posted in September 16th, 2014
by ACRATH

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.

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Human Trafficking Not Confined to Poor Countries

Posted in September 13th, 2014
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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
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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
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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…

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