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NZ Outlaws Slave-like Fishing

Posted in August 5th, 2014

Out-of-Sight-Out-of-MindFisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

The New Zealand Parliament has unanimously passed a bill that will require all foreign fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters to fly the New Zealand and operate under New Zealand laws.  In the past there has been human rights and labour abuses on these foreign vessels.  In a statement after the bill was passed Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said, “This bill will help maintain our reputation around the world. It shows that we are serious about the fair treatment of fishing crews, the safety of vessels and New Zealand’s international reputation for ethical and sustainable fishing practices. It will help ensure fair standards for all fishing crews working in our waters.” Read more…

ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable

Posted in August 5th, 2014

National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery

Minister KeenanMinister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, convened the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery on Monday 14th July in Parliament House, Canberra.  Four government Ministers attended the meeting along with government agencies, non-government organisations and industry bodies. At the meeting Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, was able to raise some of ACRATH’s major concerns – access to services for trafficked people, visa titles and the entitlements that fall out of each visa class (eg English classes) and the need for the slavery free supply chain working group to begin its work.

During the meeting Minister Keenan announced ACRATH would receive $60,000 funding to develop a curriculum on forced marriage and facilitate teacher training in government and independent schools. ACRATH was delighted to receive this news.  The grant will enable ACRATH to expand our education resource  to include the issue of forced marriage.  Read more…

App to Combat Human Trafficking

Posted in August 5th, 2014

Pacific Human Rights Group Creating a Mobile Phone App

mobile appIn July 2014 women representing 12 Pacific nations recently took part in Pacific Women’s Indigenous Network’s Think Tank Talanoa in Auckland.  Their aim was to workshop ideas that could be taken back to their home countries. In an effort to comabat human trafficking in the Pacific old and new technologies were considered. Human Rights advocate, Suzanna Tiapula, was the events key note speaker.  In speaking to Radio New Zealand she said, “There’s a woman who has agreed to author an article on the convention on the rights of a child in Kiribati. There were two other individuals who were looking at creating an app to make some of this information available to younger Pacific Islander women.”  Information from the think tank will be made available to women in Pacific Island countries.


Help to Give Hope

Each year millions of children, women and men from all regions of the world are trafficked, their hope is stolen. To mark the first ever United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July, people across the globe are encouraged to symbolically help give back this precious item.  Click here to find out how you can give hope.

In her message for the first-ever World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the UN Special Rapporteur on human trafficking, especially women and children, Ms. Joy Ezeilo, said “Human beings, just like you and me, are trafficked every day for economic purposes, sexual exploitation or for removal of their organs. This heinous business must stop….If you are a corporation or a business, take action to ensure that your supply chain is free of human trafficking and that no one is held in forced labour. If you’re an individual, buy responsibly and avoid becoming part of the human trafficking chain. We must break the chain of human trafficking, this is my message to us all today.”

ACRATH Concerned About Foreign Aid Cuts

The 2014 Federal Budget outlined cuts to foreign aid.  ACRATH is deeply concerned about this decision.  Alleviating poverty is one means of reducing vulnerability to human trafficking.  We call on the Australian Government to reconsider the announced cuts to foreign aid.

In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals called on developed countries to work in partnership with developing nations. As a part of Goal 8 all developed nations were asked to commit to allocating 0.7 percent of gross national income to overseas development assistance. Australia’s current commitments to aid fail to meet international standards.

You can support the work of ACRATH by writing to the Prime Minister asking that Australia honour its commitment to the  Millenium Development Goals.  Download a sample letter here.

Just Married, Just a child

Posted in July 23rd, 2014

Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region

Plan Child Marriage ReportPlan International Australia has released a report entitled Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region.  The report was written by Mark Evenhuis, Plan International Australia (international content) and Jennifer Burn, Anti-Slavery Australia (Australian content).  Child marriage is a breech of the human rights of the child.  It is done without the child’s consent, it stops girls from being educated and increases adolescents girls risk of pregnancy, birth related illness and even death.  It is estimated that at least 14 million girls under the age of 18 are married every year.  The report outlines a number of recommendations for the Australian Government to address child marriage in Australia and overseas including through its overseas development aid and by advocating for a UN General Assembly resolution to end child marriage.

Download a copy of the report here.

ACRATH Newsletter July 2014

Posted in July 19th, 2014

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

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

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

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…

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