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Take Action This Easter

Posted in March 25th, 2015

26th march CertificationLet’s get their attention!

Make a quick call to your local supermarket, urge them to double their certified Easter products in 2016 and help us make chocolate Traffik- Free. Coles and Woolworths

Why purchase certified products? When you buy certified chocolate you support farmers and workers to improve their lives and their communities. The certification means that the ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet social, economic and environmental standards.

Buy certified chocolate this Easter. Join with ACRATH members and STOP THE TRAFFIK to make Easter #TRAFFIKFREE. Read more…

Forced Marriage - AGDSafety Plan Guidelines and Introductionn of New Legislation on Forced Marriage

On 19th March 2015 Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, announced that to assist young women and girls at risk of forced marriage in developing secret safety plans to escape the illegal practice the Australian Government has uploaded a how-to guide to the Attorney-General’s Department website.  The plan includes suggestions such as how to get ready to leave home quickly and safely, how to make sure you’re not taken overseas to be married, using “safe” words that can confirm your identity and many more.

Minister Keenan also announced that new legislation was introduced into Parliament to clarify what constitutes forced marriage and to increase penalties for conduct that causes a person to enter into a forced marriage. Download a copy of the media release from the Minister for Justice here. (Image: Attorney General Department Website)


ACRATH in Karratha

Posted in March 20th, 2015

Brianna at KarrathaRaising Awareness in the Karratha Community

West Australian ACRATH member Brianna Lee has been busy raising awareness about human trafficking in Karratha. Concerned community members had raised concerns about human trafficking and so one of their group set about organising a number of workshops and a display.  Brianna was delighted to be invited to present at the workshops. During her time in Karratha Brianna spoke to grade 7-12 school students, customs & border protection officials, police officers, union officials and Soroptimist members. The ABC also conducted two interviews with Brianna.


Thinking About Which Easter Egg to Buy?

Posted in March 18th, 2015

19th March- Family choosing eggMake Your Easter #Traffikfree

Download the Good Egg Guide. It will give you and your family a large selection of Certified Easter Eggs to choose from!

Can’t find certified Easter Eggs in your local supermarket?  Next time you are shopping hand over an Easter leaflet to ensure your local supermarket knows how important it is to you that your chocolate Easter eggs are certified free of child slavery.

Your support is essential to make sure supermarkets stock more Certified Easter Eggs in 2016

ACRATH Newsletter March 2015

Posted in March 16th, 2015


The latest ACRATH Newsletter provides a summary of the 2015 ACRATH National Conference.  The Conference was an opportunity for ACRATH members to reflect on the global context in which they work and a time to reflect on the ten year history of ACRATH.  Sr Angela Reed presented on her recently completed PhD thesis, Exploiting Vulnerability: A Study of the Lives of Filipino Women Who Have Been Trafficked into Sex Work. Through the research Angela, and her assistant, Marietta Latonio, gave a human face to sex trafficking and explored the complex lives of 40 trafficked women. One In A Thousand Stories, Brother David O’Brien’s creative response to human trafficking and forced labour, was launched at the conference. The 20-page booklet brings together his tapestries, his words, facts and figures and the thoughtful and sometimes challenging words of others working in the area.  Read more…

ACRATH National Conference 2015

Posted in March 10th, 2015

Anne presenting reportGlobal Learnings Impact on the Australian Reality

The 2015 ACRATH National Conference took place in Melbourne 25-26 February. The conference opened with a welcome to all to participants, an Acknowledgment of the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the conference was held and the presentation of the ACRATH President’s report by Sr Anne Tormey sm. To mark ACRATH’s tenth anniversary time, was taken to reflect on the work of ACRATH over the last ten years.

Angela & MariettaThe keynote speakers for the Conference were Sr Angela Reed rsm and Marietta Latonia. Angela shared on the insights she gained while undertaking her PH D – Exploiting Vulnerability: A Study of the lives of Filipino Women who have been trafficked into sex work. Marietta was Angela’s bi-lingual research assistant. The conference gave participants a chance to reflect on the global context of human trafficking and modern day slavery and its impact on the Australian Reality.

Download a copy of the 2015 ACRATH President’s Report here.

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59)

Posted in March 10th, 2015

CSW59Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  from all regions of the world attend the session. At the Fourth World Conference of Women in 1995 the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was developed.  Twenty years on from this declaration the main focus of CSW59 will be to review the implementation of this declaration and the challenges that affect its implementation. CSW59 will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

For more information visit the CSW59 Website or Facebook page.


IWD2015International women’s Day 2015

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every year.  It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The 2015 theme for International Women’s Day is Empowering Women,  Empowering Humanity: Picture It. The theme invites us to envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

In his message for International Women’s Day 2015 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated: “This is a vital year for advancing the cause of women’s human rights.  The international community is hard at work on establishing a new sustainable development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals and shape policies and social investments for the next generation.  To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment.  The world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential.  When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.”

In 2015, International Women’s Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.

Looking for Certified Easter Eggs?

Posted in March 2nd, 2015

28th Feb Easter HuntCan’t Find Them?

Join ACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK in asking Coles and Woolworths to double the number of certified Easter products they sell next year. They will start ordering Easter Eggs for 2016 very soon, so it’s urgent that they hear from you today. Order your cards today at or download a copy of the card here.  Take them into your local supermarket during your weekly shop. Your efforts could help to bring about an end to child slavery in the cocoa industry.

Looking for certified Easter Eggs in 2015?  Download a copy of the Good Egg Guide here.

Stop T/rafficking!

Posted in February 28th, 2015

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 2

The February issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the complexities of modern day slavery and challenges those working against it to avoid over simplifying the solutions’  This issue includes an article by Australian Anne Gallagher, an independent scholar and legal advisor to the UN and Association of South East Asian nations, in which she gives a critique of the Global Slavery Index.

Download your copy of Stop Trafficking! here.


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