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US Presidential Proclamation

ht Awareness MonthIn proclaiming January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the US President Barack Obama declared, “Over a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, millions remain in bondage — children forced to take part in armed conflict or sold to brothels by their destitute families, men and women who toil for little or no pay, who are threatened and beaten if they try to escape. Slavery tears at our social fabric, fuels violence and organized crime, and debases our common humanity.”  While recognising modern-day slavery is a global tragedy and combating it requires international action he urged all Americans to renew their commitment to ending this scourge in all its forms.

Read the full Presidential Proclamation here.

Thank You Pacific Brands

Posted in January 8th, 2014
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Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord Signed

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In July 2013 ACRATH joined with other organisations in writing to request Pacific Brands sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, given the company was sourcing products from Bangladesh.  The Accord is an independent Agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections at factories and public reporting of the results of these inspections. Where safety issues are identified, retailers commit to ensuring that repairs are carried out, that sufficient funds are made available to do so, and that workers at these factories continue to be paid a salary.

ACRATH is pleased to report that Pacific Brands have signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord.  In a recent media release Pacific Brands CEO, John Pollaers announced “the company has signed up to The Accord following a thorough due diligence exercise to ensure membership would help to drive genuine improvement in overall industry standards in Bangladesh.”  Pacific Brands includes well know brands such as Bonds, Berlei, Explorer, Sheridan, Jockey, King Gee, Volley and Hard Yakka. Thank you to all ACRATH supporters who supported this campaign.

OBE for CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK

Posted in January 8th, 2014
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Congratulations Ruth Dearnley

Ruth-DearnleyACRATH congratulates Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK, who has been awarded an OBE (An Officer of the Order of the British Empire)  in the Queen’s New Year’s 2014 Honours list for services in “Awareness and Prevention of Human Trafficking.”

Steve Chalke, UN.GIFT Special Advisor on Community Action Against Human Trafficking and Founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK says, “In the history of STOP THE TRAFFIK no one has shown more grit, tenacity and graft in raising awareness of this growing global crime and flying the flag to bring communities, government and society together to prevent it.  We’re all incredibly proud of what Ruth and the team have been able to achieve so far and congratulate her on this well-deserved honour.

ACRATH is proud to be one of the founding members of STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia.

ACRATH Newsletter December 2013

Posted in December 23rd, 2013
by ACRATH

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As we come to the end of another year  and prepare to celebrate the Christmas season ACRATH members and supporters pray for hope and healing for victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Articles in the December Newsletter include Women of Mercy, Human Rights Awards, Australian Catholic Youth Festival, a NSW Government Inquiry into human trafficking and slavery and reports on NSW, South Australia and Victorian activities.

Download your copy of the ACRATH Newsletter here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in December 23rd, 2013
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Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 12

The December issue of Stop Trafficking is now available.  This issue look at efforts to stem sexual exploitation in the US and globally.

To down load the December issue of Stop Trafficking! click here.

Exploitation of People Through Trafficking

Posted in December 23rd, 2013
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Community Relations Committee of NSW Inquiry

An inquiry conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW has found that exploitation of people frequently happens in family homes and businesses.  It continues to involve women in the sex industry but forced marriage and labour exploitation also occurs.  In releasing the report, the Chair of the CRC, Stepan Kerkyasharian, said the findings break  down the myth that the problem only affects women when in fact men and children  are also victims.  “In  many cases the perpetrators do not have to resort to any form of duress,” he  said.  “They  set the scene for the victim to become a prisoner of their own mind. That is the absolute form of humiliation and denigration of a person.”NSW Inquiry

Download the Inquiry report here.

SOLWODI Newsletter

Posted in December 23rd, 2013
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The December 2013 issue of the SOLWODI Newsletter speaks of SLWODI’s involvement in a campaign against the enslavement of women. another article tells of an Africa exchange project through which SOLWODI helps thousands of women and girls in Kenya every year through the projects SOLGIDI (Solidarity with Girls in Distress) and SOLASA (SOLWODI Women’s Sport Association).

Download the December 2013 SOLWODI Newsletter here.

Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference

Posted in December 11th, 2013
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ACRATH Members Attend Asia Conference

TK 1st Asia Policy Conference (2)ACRATH members Brianna Lee, Kathy Fagan and Noelene Simmons attended the first Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference on Human Trafficking in Thailand 10-14th November 2013.  They found the conference to be a very enriching network experience.  Listening to the experiences of those working against human trafficking in source countries gave us a deeper insight into the plight of victims of human trafficking.

The resource speakers at the conference were Attorney Cristina Sevilla, LL.M. , the Policy Development and Training Officer/Legal Counsel of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking) – Philippines,  Ms Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific and Ms Amihan Abueva, President of ECPAT Philippines and Philippines  Representative to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).  Through presentations by the resource speakers, panel discussions and workshops participants reflected on issues such as  International Instruments and Model Laws on Anti-Trafficking in Persons, Legislative and Policy Advocacy on Anti-trafficking in Persons and Effective Approaches and Strategies in Combating Trafficking in Persons.

The policy statement formulated by the conference states, “We, Talitha Kum Southeast Asia, AMRAT and ACRATH, a network of consecrated persons against human trafficking, commit ourselves to become messengers of hope and protagonists of change, and dedicate ourselves to stop the de-humanizing slavery of our sisters, brothers and children; Inspired and encouraged by His Holiness, we continue on the path of service to the poorest and most marginalized of our brothers and sisters, in solidarity and assistance, with Christian compassion, acceptance, understanding and kindness”

Vatican Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings

Posted in December 11th, 2013
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“Human trafficking is the most extensive form of slavery in this 21st century!” (Pope Francis, Easter Message 2013)

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At the request of Pope Francis,  the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, together with FIAMC (World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations) held a workshop on Trafficking in Human Beings 2-3 November 2013. The workshop was attended by experts from around the world including  Australian lawyer and leading global expert on the international law on human trafficking, Anne Gallagher.

The conference issued a statement based on suggestions presented by the participants which states “despite the efforts of many, trafficking in human beings – the most extensive form of slavery in our twenty-first century – is a plague on a vast scale in many countries across the world. Victims are hidden away in private homes, in illegal establishments, in factories, on farms, behind closed doors, in families, houses and other places in the cities, villages and slums of the world’s richest and poorest nations. This situation is not improving but, on the contrary, is probably deteriorating.”   The statement includes a list of 40 proposals for media, religious institutions, civil organizations and business sectors to work together in order to combat human trafficking.

Download a copy of the Vatican Statement on Trafficking in Human Beings here.

Advocacting in the Australian Parliament

Posted in December 4th, 2013
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ACRATH Raises Issues with Government

108 croppedFrom 18th – 21st November  ACRATH visited members of the Australian Parliament in Canberra.  During our visit we congratulated Parliament on passing the legislation, Crimes Legislation Amendments (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013.  ACRATH advocated for a federal compensation scheme for victims of human trafficking, asked the Australian Government to ensure our Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) reaches 0.5% of our Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015, and 0.7% by 2020 and asked the government to ensure that the supply chain of goods brought into Australia is slave-free.

We took the unusual step of advocating for funding for our own organisation.  Over the last six years ACRATH has been grateful for the grant it has received from the Federal government.  The grant comes to an end on 30th June 2014 and at this stage there is doubt as to whether there will be any further funding.  A number of MPs agreed to contact the Attorney General and the Minister for Justice in support of our funding request.

To download a newsletter on ACRATH’s advocacy visit to Federal Parliament click here.

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