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Ending Slavery Is Everyone’s Work

Posted in August 15th, 2016

USCSAHT-LogoUS Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

In their summer newsletter the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) outline the activities they have recently been engaged in. Activities included a ten week campaign to build support among Senate women for S. 1968 the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act. USCSAHT members sent hundreds of e-mails and made numerous phone calls to Senate offices, urging the women in the Senate to make good on their intention to give priority to legislation addressing human trafficking during the 114th Congress. Attention was focused on S. 1968 because it would require companies to provide consumers with information about their efforts to ensure that its products are free of child labor, forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking.  Human trafficking awareness campaigns were also held during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions during the month of July. The newsletter also provides readers with a number of website links. Download a copy of the newsletter here.

ACRATH Attends Anti-Human Trafficking Events

Posted in August 15th, 2016

DSC00716Advocating for People Trafficked into Australia

ACRATH Members were present on 4 August at the Australian Government event to mark World Day Against Human Trafficking. The theme of the events was ‘How can government, civil society and the private sector work together to more effectively combat human trafficking?’ Chaired by Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking, HE Andrew Goledzinowski AM,  members of a panel addressed the gathering and then responded to questions from the audience. Panelists were Dr David Cooke, Managing Director, Konica Minolta; Leanne Close APM, Deputy Secretary, Criminal Justice Group, Attorney-General’s Department; Professor Jennifer Burn, Director, Anti-Slavery Australia; Jo Pride, CEO, Hagar Australia; Margaret Stuart, Head of Corporate and External Relations, Nestlé Oceania. Very animated networking then took place during afternoon tea.

Earlier in the day, ACRATH was also present at the Senior Officers’ Meeting of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. This event hosted by the Attorney General’s Department, People Smuggling and Trafficking Section, was an opportunity for NGOs and Government department personnel to reflect on the issues impacting on people trafficked into Australia. The open, frank discussion that occurred at this meeting highlights the good will that exists with government and NGOS as they work to eliminate human trafficking and to protect the human rights of those affected by this crime.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in August 15th, 2016

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 8

The August 2016 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the results of global corporate business models that utilize supply chains to decrease costs and increase profits at the expense of workers. Articles in this issue include:

  • Corporate Profit, Corporate Greed, Corporate Trafficking
  • Inside Supply Chains
  • Understanding Illicit Trade: Impact of human trafficking & smuggling on the private sector
  • Recommendations to Correct Supply Chain Abuse

Download your copy of Stop Trafficking here.

ACRATH Newsletter

Posted in August 2nd, 2016

ACRATH NewsletterLatest ACRATH News

Once again the ARATH Newsletter highlights the many activities ACRATH members have been engaged in across Australia during recent months. Read about human trafficking awareness raising events in Western Australia, Music for Freedom in NSW, engagement with Australian Catholic University students, a religious education conference in Melbourne and a forced marriage awareness raising and education report. You are also invited to “Orange the World” during  the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence from 25 November through 10 December.

Download your copy of the ACRATH newsletter here.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Posted in July 30th, 2016

World-Day-against-Trafficking-in-PersonsRaising Awareness and Protecting the Rights of those Who Have Been Trafficked

In 2014 the United Nations General Assembly designated 30th July to be the World Day against Trafficking in Persons aware of the need for “raising awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

Human trafficking is a global problem. No country is immune from this crime. People can be enslaved and exploited in situations of sexual slavery, forced labour in agriculture, hospitality, construction, mining and fishing industries; people can be enslaved and exploited in domestic servitude, by having their organs harvested, and in times of conflict and following natural disasters.

Since 2005 ACRATH has been working towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and globally. Perhaps you can bring the issue of human trafficking and slavery to light this week within your own community or Parish. Or you might like to make a donation to support the work of ACRATH. For more information on ACRATH’s counter human trafficking work click here and also visit the ACRATH website.

Cotton On Sourcing Ethical Cotton in Kenya

Posted in July 27th, 2016

Ethical Fashion Products Soon to Be in Australian Stores

The Australian Newspaper recently reported that Cotton On has been working towards selling ethical fashion products in Australian stores by sourcing cotton from farmers in Kenya. Working in partnership with Business for Development (BFD), the hope is to develop sustainable sources of cotton. Tim Diamond, the general manager of Cotton On’s not-for-profit arm, the ­Cotton On Foundation, told a recent business forum, “We are now seeing some ­incredible results. The Kenyan cotton farmers have now doubled their income which is amazing and it is filling us with hope and opportunity for something that we never really thought about until it was brought to us.” Read more…

Eliminate Trafficking in Children

Posted in July 21st, 2016

The Holy See at the United Nations

The Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, gave a speech on 13 July dedicated to the elimination of trafficking in children and young people. Archbishop Auza told the assembly that “the Holy See has long spoken out against the evil of human trafficking, forced labour and all forms of modern slavery. And through the dedicated work of so many Catholic religious institutes, national and diocesan programs, and groups of faithful the Catholic Church has sought to fight to address its various causes, care for those it victimises, wake people up to the scourge, and work with anyone and everyone to try to eliminate it”. He noted that in Targets 5.2 and 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community committed itself to “eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.” (Photo: Vatican Radio) Read more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in July 17th, 2016

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 7

The latest issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the topics covered in the 2016 Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) Report. This years report has articles that reflect on what makes a person vulnerable to being trafficked and strategies to prevent human trafficking around the globe. The report looks at what each country is doing to prevent human trafficking, to protect those who have been trafficked and to prosecute traffickers. It also names the nine TIP heroes, people who have been inspirational in their efforts to work against human trafficking. Download a copy of the July issue of Stop Trafficking here.

Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women & Children

TOHCHR-logo-White-450x300he thirty-second session of the United Nations Human Right Council, in response to the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, in conflict and post conflict situations, has put forth a number of recommendations to member States. The Council adopted the recommendations without a vote on 30th June 2016. The decision of the Council was based on a conviction that there is a “need to protect and assist all victims of trafficking, with full respect for the human rights and dignity of the victims.” Download a copy of the Document here.

Human Trafficking is Not to be Tolerated

Posted in July 1st, 2016

2016_Report_Cover_200_12016 Trafficking in Person Report

In launching the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report US Secretary of State John Kerry made the following remarks:

“When we talk about “human trafficking,” we’re talking about slavery – modern-day slavery that still today claims more than 20 million victims on any given time.

And all 20 million are people just like everybody here. They have names. They have or had families in many cases. And they are enforced to endure a hell – a living hell in modern times that no human being should ever have to experience.”

Access a copy of the report here.

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