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Stop Trafficking!

Posted in January 14th, 2016

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 1

In the first issue of Stop Trafficking for 2016 examples of partnerships in the work against human trafficking are highlighted. Articles include Unshackling Development: Why we Need Partnerships to end Modern Slavery, The Value of Anti-Trafficking Task Forces and Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross Sector Challenges and Practices. Download a copy of Stop Trafficking! here.

Human Rights in Supply Chains

Posted in January 12th, 2016

Human Rights in Supply ChainsIn Australia businesses are discovering that protecting human rights is not just the right thing to do but it is also good for business. As key manufacturers and purchasers of labour, materials and products, the Australian business
community finds it cannot turn a blind eye to human rights abuses in its supply chains, regardless of whether businesses’ contributions are direct or indirect through supplier partners.

In December 2015, the results of research undertaken by the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with two leaders in the business and human rights field,the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Global Compact Network Australia, were published in a report entitled Human Rights in Supply Chains: Promoting Positive Practice. This report provides a unique insight into the current drivers, practices, and challenges of Australian businesses in managing human rights in their supply chains. Importantly, the report provides practical guidance to assist business with identifying and addressing human rights risks in their supply chains. Download a copy of the report here.

Advocating for Slavery Free Seafood

seafoodReports that have identified slavery and forced labour in the Seafood production and processing in Thailand and SE Asia are alarming. Australian law makes it illegal for any Australian company to engage in any financial transaction involving a slave, regardless of where it occurs in the world.

The work of Coles, Woolworths and Aldi in checking their supply chains back to factory processing is commendable.

You are invited to join us in urging the government to work with companies and civil society groups to take all reasonable steps to ensure the goods have their complete supply chain free of slavery and human trafficking. Call on the government to introduce legislation requiring businesses to publicly disclose the actions they are taking to insure their goods are free from slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.

For more information and to sign the petition click here.

ACRATH Develops Forced Marriage Education Kit

Posted in January 10th, 2016

My Rights - My Future 2ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has developed a forced marriage education kit for government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia to raise awareness and to educate people about what they can do if they, or someone they know, is being forced into a marriage.

The material and kit, My Rights – My Future: forced marriage, was funded by the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) and hopefully will be available to schools by mid-2016.

The aim of the project is to increase awareness of forced marriage/s and to educate secondary students about forced marriage legislation and how they can access their human rights in this regard. ACRATH has developed curriculum that is pitched at senior secondary students and their teachers ensuring the materials are culturally and socially appropriate given the sensitive nature of the content.

ACRATH has run teacher-training sessions in 9 pilot schools in three states: Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. All the pilot schools will continue to teach this project, using the new material. Other schools wanting to access the material will be offered training.

The forced marriage material was developed by Liz Payne and ACRATH’s Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, and contains important contributions from the teachers involved in the pilot. The kit has been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Department and ACRATH is awaiting further funding to implement phase two which will involve training teachers.

If you are interested in the kit or want more information, please email Include your name, contact number and a comment about why you are interested in the forced marriage material. Please do not expect a reply until after January 25 2016.

Buying Ethically this Christmas

Posted in December 20th, 2015

cotton - forced labourCotton Field to Closet

As Christmas approaches with its promise of celebration, gifts and summer, a nagging little question worms itself into my brain:  How can I tell whether the products I’m about to buy have been ethically sourced and produced?

Let’s take cotton for example.  For some years now global markets have abounded in cheap cotton goods, which we as consumers eagerly snap up at ‘bargain basement’ prices. But cheapness often comes at a very high cost in terms of human lives. Forced labour, including child labour, is alarmingly common in the cotton industry.  Anti-Slavery International estimates that there are at least 12.3 million people whose work meets the definition of forced labour: “All work or service which is exacted from a person under the menace of any penalty and for which the worker does not offer himself or herself voluntarily.”

The eight top cotton producing countries worldwide are China, India, USA, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia, Uzbekistan and Turkey.Cotton accounts for 16% of global insecticide use, more than any other crop. Uzbekstan is the 6th major producer and the 2nd major exporter of cotton in the world.

Read the full article by ACRATH member Anne Kelly ibvm published by Mary Ward International Australia.

Anti-Human Trafficking Parish Toolkit

Posted in December 11th, 2015

parish-toolkit-label-web-300px_250x358End Human Trafficking through Education

The Sisters of St Francis of the Holy Cross in Wisconsin have developed a a parish-based toolkit aimed at ending human trafficking through education and action. The kit can be used by adult faith formation groups, social concerns groups, interfaith dialogue groups and others. It contains infographics, PowerPoint presentations an other resources. You may find this resource helpful in developing resources fr your own locality.

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Human Rights Day

Posted in December 10th, 2015

Human Rights Day Logo 2015Our Rights. Our Freedoms Always

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50thanniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966. “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued the following invitation – “On Human Rights Day, let us recommit to guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all.” Read more…

Inspirational People of 2015

Posted in December 9th, 2015

ANZRATH Advent Calendar

ANZRATH Advent CalendarAotearoa-New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans have developed an advent calendar.  Learn about 25 people who have been an inspiration to us this year. Each day also has an advent thought to reflect on. Access the Advent Calendar here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in December 9th, 2015

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 12

The December issue of Stop Trafficking! provides basic information about human trafficking that can be used to educate others.  It contains useful resources that can be used in January which is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the US. Articles include Shopping and Slavery, Little Understood Forms of Human Trafficking and 20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking. Read more…


Unshackling Development

Posted in December 9th, 2015

Unshackling DevelopmentWhy Do We Need Global Partnerships?

Dr James Cockayne is the author of a report released this month entitled Unshackling Development: Why Do We Need Global Partnerships? The report reminds us that we unwittingly feel the touch of slavery in our smartphones, the palm oil in our cosmetics and shampoo, the seafood we buy at supermarkets, our rice bowls, and in our beef. It is woven into our clothes, forged into the steel in some of our buildings, dusted into the mica sparkles on our cars, and it helps to lay the foundations of megasporting stadiums. It pervades the global sex industry and provides domestic labour in many countries around the world.

The good news, this report suggests, is that we already know quite a bit about what drives slavery—and which keys unlock which shackles. Slavery emerges not only in wholly illegal sectors, but often where legitimate industry intersects with informal work. It is a product of vulnerability arising from social exclusion, income shocks, illiteracy, low educational levels, state instability, conflict, high corruption levels, or insecure immigration status. It is a form of extreme inequality, sustained by a range of vested interests— inscrupulous business actors, corrupt police and officials. We know more and more about the keys that address slavery, unlock this trapped human potential, and unshackle development. These keys take many forms, and not only disrupt, but also prevent slavery by improving access to education, credit, food, health care, land, wage regulation, women’s rights, safe migration and recruitment, and rehabilitation services. Read more…

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