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Journalist Wins Award with ACRATH Article

Posted in September 6th, 2014
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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…

MondelezThis Problem is Urgent

Human trafficking and exploitation remain bitter hidden ingredients in the chocolate that we eat. Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, continue to be trafficked to pick and harvest cocoa beans that are used to create our favourite chocolate treats. Their freedom is taken and they are forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions on the cocoa plantations without receiving any money for their work.

Mondeléz International are the largest chocolate company in the world (owners of the Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone brands to name just a few!)  Mondeléz have a critical role to play in bringing an end to the injustice of child slavery. Mondeléz have already made financial commitments to tackling child labour through their Cocoa Life plan, these plans don’t go far enough. This problem is urgent, their solutions are slow.

ACRATH invites you to join the STOP THE TRAFFIK campaign urging Mondeléz International to:

  1. Certify their entire chocolate range
  2. Increase their financial investment – Commit at least 1% of pre-tax profits to implementing programmes to eliminate the use of trafficked child labour
  3. Make transparent the details of how your Cocoa Life investment will be spent.

Click here to take action.

Slaves No More, But Brothers and Sisters

Posted in August 27th, 2014
by ACRATH

Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace 2015

Vatican PopeThe Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has announced that Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace 2015 will be entitled “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters”.  World Day of Peace is observed annually on 1st January.  The Pope’s message will be sent to  foreign ministers throughout the world. This will be the first time that slavery has been the theme of the day.  Throughout his pontificate Pope Francis has often spoken about the horror of human trafficking and slavery calling it “a terrible offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights.”  Read more…

Freedom – the Movie

Posted in August 18th, 2014
by ACRATH

John Newton’s Amazing Grace

FDM_Facebook_Quotes_1_0Freedom is a must see movie that displays courage and hope.  It is the story two men, separated by a hundred years, who share one hope — freedom!

In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia.

A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton (William Sadler). Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom.

100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel’s great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton’s life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.  View trailer…

Opening on Thursday 21st August in a cinema near you. Find your nearest cinemas here.

 

New UN Special Rapporteur

Posted in August 17th, 2014
by ACRATH

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

UN special RapporteurAt the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday 27th June 2014 the Council President announced the appointment of Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro as the new Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children. Recently an Italian penal judge and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Special Representative  and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ms. Giammarinaro replaces the former rapporteur, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo.

Standing in Solidarity in Nepal

Posted in August 17th, 2014
by ACRATH

Celebrating World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Showing Blue Heart By org GuestsCaritas Nepal Women and Children Desk (CNWCD) observed the first UN declared World Day Against Trafficking in Persons by showing their solidarity with the victims and survivors of Human Trafficking and to spreading awareness about human trafficking in the rural communities. They organized a program in Jharuwarasi in collaboration with Santaneshwor Saving and Credit Cooperative which was attended by CNWCD staff, police personnel, Shakti Samuha, Asha Nepal and the members of the cooperative. There were altogether 114 participants. The program began with the welcoming and honoring of guests with khada followed by lighting of the inaugural lamp along with the national anthem.  Following this representatives of all organizations present gave speeches regarding the Blue Heart Campaign.  Read more…

Students Support Fair Trade Chocolate

Posted in August 15th, 2014
by ACRATH

photo (4)St Aloysius College Adelaide

A Fair Trade Chocolate morning tea was recently held at St Aloysius College Adelaide.  This was a fund raising event to raise money for the college’s social justice activities.  It was also an opportunity for students to engage in the campaign to eliminate the worst forms of child labour from the chocolate industry.  The event was a great success and an enjoyable time was had by all.

Congratulations girls on a job well done!

 

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in August 15th, 2014
by ACRATH

Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 8

Stop TraffickingThe August issue of Stop Trafficking! looks at the plight of children, especially those seeking asylum because of violence and sexual exploitation.  This issue also give information is given about a new screening tool to help service providers and law enforcement agencies identify victims of human trafficking so that they can be given services appropriate to their needs, a curriculum resource developed to educate children about child labour and the use of smartphones in Brazil to identify and report violence against women and girls.

Download your copy here.

NZ Outlaws Slave-like Fishing

Posted in August 5th, 2014
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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…

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