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Freedom – the Movie

Posted in August 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

App to Combat Human Trafficking

Posted in August 5th, 2014

Pacific Human Rights Group Creating a Mobile Phone App

mobile appIn July 2014 women representing 12 Pacific nations recently took part in Pacific Women’s Indigenous Network’s Think Tank Talanoa in Auckland.  Their aim was to workshop ideas that could be taken back to their home countries. In an effort to comabat human trafficking in the Pacific old and new technologies were considered. Human Rights advocate, Suzanna Tiapula, was the events key note speaker.  In speaking to Radio New Zealand she said, “There’s a woman who has agreed to author an article on the convention on the rights of a child in Kiribati. There were two other individuals who were looking at creating an app to make some of this information available to younger Pacific Islander women.”  Information from the think tank will be made available to women in Pacific Island countries.


Help to Give Hope

Each year millions of children, women and men from all regions of the world are trafficked, their hope is stolen. To mark the first ever United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July, people across the globe are encouraged to symbolically help give back this precious item.  Click here to find out how you can give hope.

In her message for the first-ever World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the UN Special Rapporteur on human trafficking, especially women and children, Ms. Joy Ezeilo, said “Human beings, just like you and me, are trafficked every day for economic purposes, sexual exploitation or for removal of their organs. This heinous business must stop….If you are a corporation or a business, take action to ensure that your supply chain is free of human trafficking and that no one is held in forced labour. If you’re an individual, buy responsibly and avoid becoming part of the human trafficking chain. We must break the chain of human trafficking, this is my message to us all today.”

ACRATH Concerned About Foreign Aid Cuts

The 2014 Federal Budget outlined cuts to foreign aid.  ACRATH is deeply concerned about this decision.  Alleviating poverty is one means of reducing vulnerability to human trafficking.  We call on the Australian Government to reconsider the announced cuts to foreign aid.

In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals called on developed countries to work in partnership with developing nations. As a part of Goal 8 all developed nations were asked to commit to allocating 0.7 percent of gross national income to overseas development assistance. Australia’s current commitments to aid fail to meet international standards.

You can support the work of ACRATH by writing to the Prime Minister asking that Australia honour its commitment to the  Millenium Development Goals.  Download a sample letter here.

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