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Address Human Trafficking

Posted in January 20th, 2014

Words of Pope Francis to New Ambassadors

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In mid December 2013 Pope Francis met with 17 newly appointed ambassadors to the Holy See encouraging them to work together, regardless of creed, against the “slavery” of human trafficking.

“This is a true form of slavery , unfortunately increasingly common, which affects every land, even the most developed, and which affects the most vulnerable people in society: women, children, the disabled, the poorest and those who come from situations of family or social disintegration,” the Bishop of Rome told the newly accredited ambassadors, including the representative of Palestine, Dec. 12 at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall.  Read more…

Download the Pope’s address here.

Natural Disasters and Child Trafficking

Posted in January 20th, 2014

Post Typhoon Haiyan

Tacloban after HaiyanIn a Devex report Bishop Broderick Pabillo, convenor of the Philippines’ Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking and Manila’s auxiliary bishop is reported as saying, “During disaster situations [like Haiyan], a lot of people are desperate to look for work, shelter, and education, among other things. These particular vulnerabilities are the usual things offered to them by exploiters. It’s sad that victims are already suffering the effects of disasters and are still being put under human trafficking.”

He said one of the most pressing challenges in addressing this issue is a lack of awareness to the forms and causes of human trafficking. Being aware improves the rescue rate of human trafficking because people will be able to save themselves — something Bishop Pabillo hopes the aid and development community can further contribute to: “[Being aware] helps because when a potential victim knows who to call or who to go to, response will be immediate.” (Photo:  Jon Warren, World Vision)

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Stop Trafficking!

Posted in January 9th, 2014

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 1

The first issue of Stop Trafficking for 2014 gives further insights into human trafficking by reporting cases of innocent people being exploited.  It also reports on NEST, a new curriculum initiative for schools to be launched in May 2014, and provides some resources to be used in eliminating human trafficking.

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US Presidential Proclamation

ht Awareness MonthIn proclaiming January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the US President Barack Obama declared, “Over a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, millions remain in bondage — children forced to take part in armed conflict or sold to brothels by their destitute families, men and women who toil for little or no pay, who are threatened and beaten if they try to escape. Slavery tears at our social fabric, fuels violence and organized crime, and debases our common humanity.”  While recognising modern-day slavery is a global tragedy and combating it requires international action he urged all Americans to renew their commitment to ending this scourge in all its forms.

Read the full Presidential Proclamation here.

Thank You Pacific Brands

Posted in January 8th, 2014

Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord Signed


In July 2013 ACRATH joined with other organisations in writing to request Pacific Brands sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, given the company was sourcing products from Bangladesh.  The Accord is an independent Agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections at factories and public reporting of the results of these inspections. Where safety issues are identified, retailers commit to ensuring that repairs are carried out, that sufficient funds are made available to do so, and that workers at these factories continue to be paid a salary.

ACRATH is pleased to report that Pacific Brands have signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord.  In a recent media release Pacific Brands CEO, John Pollaers announced “the company has signed up to The Accord following a thorough due diligence exercise to ensure membership would help to drive genuine improvement in overall industry standards in Bangladesh.”  Pacific Brands includes well know brands such as Bonds, Berlei, Explorer, Sheridan, Jockey, King Gee, Volley and Hard Yakka. Thank you to all ACRATH supporters who supported this campaign.


Posted in January 8th, 2014

Congratulations Ruth Dearnley

Ruth-DearnleyACRATH congratulates Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK, who has been awarded an OBE (An Officer of the Order of the British Empire)  in the Queen’s New Year’s 2014 Honours list for services in “Awareness and Prevention of Human Trafficking.”

Steve Chalke, UN.GIFT Special Advisor on Community Action Against Human Trafficking and Founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK says, “In the history of STOP THE TRAFFIK no one has shown more grit, tenacity and graft in raising awareness of this growing global crime and flying the flag to bring communities, government and society together to prevent it.  We’re all incredibly proud of what Ruth and the team have been able to achieve so far and congratulate her on this well-deserved honour.

ACRATH is proud to be one of the founding members of STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia.

ACRATH Newsletter December 2013

Posted in December 23rd, 2013


As we come to the end of another year  and prepare to celebrate the Christmas season ACRATH members and supporters pray for hope and healing for victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Articles in the December Newsletter include Women of Mercy, Human Rights Awards, Australian Catholic Youth Festival, a NSW Government Inquiry into human trafficking and slavery and reports on NSW, South Australia and Victorian activities.

Download your copy of the ACRATH Newsletter here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in December 23rd, 2013

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 12

The December issue of Stop Trafficking is now available.  This issue look at efforts to stem sexual exploitation in the US and globally.

To down load the December issue of Stop Trafficking! click here.

Exploitation of People Through Trafficking

Posted in December 23rd, 2013

NSW InquiryNSW Inquiry

Community Relations Committee of NSW Inquiry

An inquiry conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW has found that exploitation of people frequently happens in family homes and businesses.  It continues to involve women in the sex industry but forced marriage and labour exploitation also occurs.  In releasing the report, the Chair of the CRC, Stepan Kerkyasharian, said the findings break  down the myth that the problem only affects women when in fact men and children  are also victims.  “In  many cases the perpetrators do not have to resort to any form of duress,” he  said.  “They  set the scene for the victim to become a prisoner of their own mind. That is the absolute form of humiliation and denigration of a person.”NSW Inquiry

Download the Inquiry report here.

SOLWODI Newsletter

Posted in December 23rd, 2013

Solwodi Newsletter logoStanding with Women in Distress

The December 2013 issue of the SOLWODI Newsletter speaks of SLWODI’s involvement in a campaign against the enslavement of women. another article tells of an Africa exchange project through which SOLWODI helps thousands of women and girls in Kenya every year through the projects SOLGIDI (Solidarity with Girls in Distress) and SOLASA (SOLWODI Women’s Sport Association).

Download the December 2013 SOLWODI Newsletter here.

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