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#traffikfree Easter Eggs

Posted in March 22nd, 2016

Ethical Symbols2Join the Campaign Against Child slavery

Are you finding it difficult to find #traffikfree Easter eggs? Why bother looking for them?

In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, children and young people are still trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa in order to supply our loved Easter chocolate. Choosing to buy Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ labeled products tells us steps have been taken to prevent and disrupt this abuse.

In 2016 some stores have increased their range of certified products, particularly their private label products. However, supplies are still limited. Join in the campaign to urge companies to release a timetabled plan to STOP THE TRAFFIK ( to achieve 100% of the Easter products they stock being certified and labeled, by 2020. Read more…

Click here (and scroll down the page) to sign the petition asking Wesfarmers (Coles, Target and Kmart) and Woolworths (Woolworths and Big W) to increase their certified range in 2017.

Child-Slaves Dig Coltan

Posted in March 22nd, 2016

coltanColtan – Key Element in Electronic Equipment

Coltan stands for Columbite Tantelite, an ore containing a mix of niobium and tantalum. It is the key element in mobile phones, DVD players, laptops, hard drives, and the PS3 – essentially almost any piece of home or industrial electronic equipment. The Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC] (formerly Zaire) is extremely rich in Coltan reserves. With rebel warlords mining and selling Coltan to finance the civil war, with the majority of illegally mined Coltan sold to China, the second Congo war has claimed over 5.4 million lives. It is estimated that 2-million child-slaves work from sunrise to sunset to dig Coltan by hand from the soil. Every day hundreds of thousands of Congolese child-slaves are forced to crawl into underground mines on their hands and knees to dig for the essential raw material to make the electronic gadgets listed above. Read more…

Talitha Kum Declaration

Posted in March 22nd, 2016

Networking Against Human Trafficking

Talitha Kum logoTalitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons. ACRATH is a member of the Talitha Kum network. Working as a network facilitates collaboration and the interchange of information between consecrated men and women in 70 countries. Talita Kum is an expression that is found in the Gospel of Mark (5, 41).  The words, translated from the Aramaic mean “Little Girl, I say to you, arise.” In January 2016 the second international coordination meeting of Talitha Kum was convened by the International Union of Superiors General, through the coordinator of the Talitha Kum project, Sr. Gabriella Bottani, SMC.  The aim of the meeting was to define the priorities of Talitha Kum and to formulate a strategic plan for the three years 2016-2018. The Talitha Kum declaration can be accessed here.

March Banners_Step It Up_ENInternational Women’s Day 2016

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

“On this International Women’s Day, I remain outraged by the denial of rights to women and girls – but I take heart from the people everywhere who act on the secure knowledge that women’s empowerment leads to society’s advancement. Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future,”says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Women’s Day 2016.  Read more… 

Angela-Reed,-RSM-making-intervention-Sr Angela Reed rsm Speaks at the Special High Level Event at the UN

Sister of Mercy and member of ACRATH, Sr Angela Reed, is currently in residence at the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Global Action Office at the UN in New York. She recently made an oral intervention at the Special High Level Event at the UN entitled “In Stronger Partnership and Better Coordination to End Human Trafficking” on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.

Angela challenged policy makers to understand trafficking from a life course perspective, a multidisciplinary approach to looking at a person’s story alongside the world that person lives in, including the social, historical, economic and political environments. Challenging the dominant discourse on trafficking which is largely focused on criminality and migration, Angela called for a focus on prevention, whereby children’s rights to safe housing, adequate schooling, and health and wellbeing are realised across the life course. Read more…

Listen to the intervention. (video at 3:02:32 -3:05:07)

ObamaPresident Obama Signs New Law

President Obama has signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. This law prohibits the import of goods produced by child and forced labour into the US. In the past if the demand for goods outstripped the domestic supply goods such as fish, electronics and chocolate could be imported irrespective of the presence of slavery in their supply chain. The US Department of Labour has been listing goods, classified by nation, that are likely to be made by forced labour.  This data will be crucial in assisting with the implementation of this law. (Photo: Huffington Post Australia) Read more…

Just ActEncourage the Government to Act

Human trafficking and forced labour occurs in industries in Australia such as construction, the meat industry, manufacturing, hospitality and people who are forced to live-in as house keepers. Goods imported from overseas can be tainted by forced labour, human trafficking and slavery. People coming to work in Australia from overseas expect that if they work hard they will get decent pay and conditions. Shamefully, this is not always true. A number of proposals to address human trafficking, both in Australia and in the production of imported goods, are under active consideration by the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan.

ACRATH is supporting the campaign initiated by the Uniting Church Justice and International Mission asking the Minister for Justice to push his colleagues in Government to take action. Join the campaign here.


png-iomPapua New Guinea Police Sign MoU with IOM

In February 2016 the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen an already well-established cooperation between the two organizations in the field of migration management. The agreement will help the RPNGC and IOM work together more effectively in areas including counter-trafficking, human security, civil protection, internally displaced persons and peace building. IOM has been assisting the RPNGC for over six years in a wide array of activities, mainly focusing on counter-trafficking, including victim identification and referral, criminalization and prosecution of traffickers. Police Commissioner Baki commented, “This MOU is the first of its kind between RPNGC and IOM and it will give us an open mind to tackle challenges that confront us both. We will embrace the MoU and do everything possible to implement it.” (Photo: Read more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in February 27th, 2016

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 2

Articles in the February issue of Stop Trafficking highlight the expanding forms of sexual exploitation, especially pornography, and offers means for parents and professionals to safeguard potential or actual victims. Download a copy of the February issue here.

Forced Marriage from a Gender Perspective

Posted in February 25th, 2016

EU FM reportReport on Forced Marriage in the EU

Forced marriage from a gender perspective is a report giving an overview of the practice of forced marriage in the EU from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. It analyses the definitions of forced marriage and puts forward a definition from a gender perspective. It also provides an overview of the relevant international/EU legislation, policies and deliberations, as well as national policies, civil law and criminal law (in the 12 Member State that criminalise forced marriage). For those Member States that criminalise forced marriage, the study provides an assessment of the effectiveness and possible consequences of the implementation of the criminal legislation, including an analysis of data and case-law. The study includes a specific chapter focusing on forced marriage within Roma communities and five case-studies specifically focusing on Denmark, Germany, Spain, Slovakia and the UK. The study also puts forward recommendations for improving the response to forced marriage at EU and Member State level. Download a copy of the report here.

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