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Celebrating with Ethical Easter Eggs

Posted in April 4th, 2014
by ACRATH

2014-04-01-132905-SMCWell Done St Monica’s Epping

Students at St Monica’s Epping in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, encouraged by their teacher, Fadi Elbarbar, responded very enthusiastically to a session on slavery free supply chains recently conducted by Joan Kennedy pbvm from ACRATH.  Large copies of the Slavery-Free Chocolate for Easter flyer were displayed in each classroom.

This is St Monica’s Golden Jubilee year and the Principal had a surprise up his sleeve.  He was going to give each student an Easter egg as they went home for the Easter break.  Hearing about the commitment of the students to promote slavery free supply chains he knew the eggs would have to be ethical.  He purchased over a thousand ethically sourced eggs which were distributed to the students as they left for the Easter break.

Congratulations to St Monica’s College.

Finding Slavery-Free Chocolates

Posted in April 4th, 2014
by ACRATH

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Where Should You Look?

The hunt for slavery free Easter eggs is on!  In the last few weeks, slavery free campaigners have been out and about looking for ethically sound chocolate.  They have reported that Aldi has large stocks of UTZ certified chocolate, including a reasonably priced pack of small eggs, while Coles is selling Fairtrade rabbits for less than $2.00.

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Contact ACRATH and let us know what you have found.  Spread the word as widely as you can, so that slavery free chocolate starts flying off the shelves today.  This is the only way that the large supermarket chains will be encouraged to source slavery free chocolate exclusively not just at Easter but throughout the entire year.

Lured by a Job,Trapped in Forced Labour

Posted in April 4th, 2014
by ACRATH

ILO Animated Video on Forced labour

The ILO (International Labour Organisation) reports that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour – 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys.  But how does this happen?   The ILO recently released an animated clip,  Lured by a Job, Trapped in Forced Labour, which depicts several conditions of forced labor, including misleading recruitment practices, harmful working conditions, substandard living conditions, in-kind payment, and passport confiscation. Forced labour is one motive for human trafficking and even individuals who voluntarily seek work may still be victims of trafficking if, for example, they face deceptive recruitment, endure overly restrictive work or living conditions, or are unable to leave their employer due to threat or penalty.

We Want Traffik Free Chocolate

Posted in April 4th, 2014
by ACRATH

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Message for Mondelez

Mondelez end child trafficking in your chocolate by setting a public deadline to certify your entire chocolate range.  Other global chocolate companies have made a commitment to have their entire chocolate range certified by 2020.  When will  Mondelez make a public commitment to reduce the risk of child trafficking in their cocoa supply chains?

You can help deliver a message to Mondelez.

  • Join the campaign to ask Mondelez for chocolate certified free of child slavery.  STOP THE TRAFFIK invite you to write questions you would like to ask Mondelez. Click here to do so.
  • Sign the petition requesting Mondelz to set a public deadline for certifying their entire chocolate range
  • Join the THUNDERCLAP which will take place on 17th April and invite all your twitter followers to Join the Thunderclap too.  Click here.

Protecting the Girl Child

Posted in April 4th, 2014
by ACRATH

Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage

Protecting the Girl childEquality Now, in partnership with TrustLaw Connect and Latham & Watkins LLP, carried out a sample survey of the legal position on child marriage and some of the interconnected issues in 18 sample countries. Child marriage is practised across the globe.

The sample country reports look at not only the pure legal provisions relating to age of marriage, but also the extent to which they have been enforced, if at all, and the law and practice of some related issues including laws relating to bride price/dowry; statutory rape laws that are circumvented through marriage; availability of child protection services when escaping child marriage; legal requirements for registration of birth and/or marriage; and, schooling for girls. They also identify the intersection between child marriage and other social and legal issues, such as gender-based violence, human trafficking, exploitation, nationality, FGM, force feeding, etc.

Download a copy of the report here.

Law to Take Effect in June 2014

law2After being signed into law at the end of March, American Samoa’s new anti-human trafficking laws will come into effect in June.  Acting Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga said the legislation will allow the government to investigate and prosecute those who would exploit others.  He also said, “There have been human trafficking cases in American Samoa recently, and the victims haven’t been limited by age, gender, ethnicity, nationality or village.”   The law also mandates that a human trafficking task force collect data, and recommend policies and procedures.

The new law makes human trafficking punishable by five to ten years in prison, with ten years being mandatory for trafficking a minor.  Advocates for victims of human trafficking welcome the new law saying it will raise awareness about behaviour that may be identified as human trafficking.

Interantion Day victims of slavery 2014Victory Over Slavery:  Haiti and Beyond

Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. This day is also an opportunity to raise awareness about modern day slavery.

This year’s theme, “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” pays tribute to the fight against slavery in nations around the world. It recalls that Haiti was the first nation to become independent as a result of the struggle of enslaved men and women led by Toussaint Louverture.

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Ministerial Grant Acknowledges Work of ACRATH

Posted in March 25th, 2014
by ACRATH

ACRATH_LogoFederal Grant Enhances Work of ACRATH

ACRATH– Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – has just been advised that Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has approved funding for ACRATH of $360,000 over the next three years.   Minister Keenan wrote in a letter to ACRATH:

“I recognise ACRATH’s valuable contribution to Australia’s response to human trafficking and slavery through awareness-raising and direct outreach, and trust this additional funding will facilitate your future work on this issue.”

Sr Anne Tormey rsm, President of ACRATH affirmed the Minister’s announcement saying, ‘ACRATH is delighted to receive this funding which will further enhance our capacity to undertake the work we began 9 years ago’.

Sr Anne said, ‘ACRATH will continue to raise awareness amongst people who are newly arrived in Australia through the ACRATH RAP (Radio Awareness Project); we have made Community Service Announcements (CSAs) and print advertisements in Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Thai, Arabic and Spanish. The announcements, supported by the Australian Federal Police and using text by Anti-Slavery Australia (part funded by the Australian Government), have been aired on some Victorian radio stations, but will now be offered across Australia on radio as well as in ethnic newspapers.’  Read more…

Congratulations Haigh’s Chocolates

Posted in March 19th, 2014
by ACRATH

UTZ Certified Easter Egg and Easter BilbyHaigh's Easter Egg

Haigh’s Chocolate are proud to be the first Australian-owned bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer to achieve international UTZ certification for ethically and sustainably farmed cocoa beans, which includes a zero-tolerance policy towards trafficked child labour.  UTZ certification puts Haigh’s at the forefront of a sustainable production program that spans cocoa-growing countries from Ghana in West Africa to Peru in South America.

UTZ certified cocoa has been used for all of the 2014 Easter range, including every Easter Egg and Easter Bilby.

Congratulations and thank you to Haigh’s for achieving UTZ certification and for making their Easter Eggs slavery-free.

Global Freedom Network Established

Global Freedom NetworkOn 17th March, the feast of St Patrick who was himself a slave, an accord was signed by the Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim Institution pledging to work together to end human trafficking throughout the world by 2020.  It is hoped that over time all the world’s major faiths will sign the accord.  The signing of this accord marks the beginning of the Global Freedom Network.  Andrew Forrest, founder of Walk Free Foundation, is a major partner and organizer of the new network.

In a joint statement, the accord’s signatories called human trafficking and modern slavery “crimes against humanity” and called for urgent action by all faith communities to join the effort to “set free the most oppressed of our brothers and sisters.”  (Picture: Vatican Radio)

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