National and international efforts to combat human trafficking and forced labour in Australia are showcased in ACRATH’s 2016 calendar produced by long time ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) member Sr Janine Bliss fmm. The calendar illustrates the range of projects and people collaborating to combat the problem, described by Pope Frances as ‘a crime against humanity’.
The calendar was first produced in 2015 and was used by organisations, NGO’s and Church and school communities around the country as a referral point and to gain an understanding of the issues. This year’s calendar was designed to show the extent of advocacy, policy reform, funding initiatives and practical support being given to people trafficked in Australia. As well, the calendar touches on global links and how NGOs worldwide are working together.
The calendar includes comprehensive campaign and program information from the following people and organisations:
- ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans)
- Anti-Slavery Australia
- Attorney-General’s Department
- Baptist World Aid Australia
- Franciscans International
- Irin – Humanitarian News and Analysis
- National Farmers’ Federation
- Red Cross Australia
- Salvation Army – Trafficking & Slavery Safe House
- Salvation Army – The Freedom Partnership
- Shalom College, Bundaberg
- Stop the Traffik
- Sr Angela Reed RSM, PhD and social worker Mrs Marietta Latonio
“It is helpful to those of us working in this space, to get a sense of who else is doing what. The calendar does that and it also illustrates how many groups are working together and not just working in silos. It’s a great example of justice organisations finding common ground and joining forces for a better outcome for the people they aim to serve,” Sr Janine said.
“For many of us who work against human trafficking, it is difficult to get a full picture of what is going on in Australia amongst the government and NGOs. I have tried to explore that and the calendar is a useful vehicle to use in raising awareness of human trafficking issues.”
This year’s calendar features 15 projects or profiles, including Government, school, church, NGO and ACRATH initiatives. As well, it alerts people to some important anti-trafficking days of the year such as February 8 – the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking and March 25 International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Sr Janine, ACRATH Queensland Coordinator, said the calendar was also a call to action, urging people to join one of the many campaigns highlighted. She said in her talks she encouraged people to:
- Join a campaign to fight trafficking in your community
- Fight trafficking by buying from companies that have transparent and slave-free supply chains
- Raise awareness of human trafficking issues
- Talk to your friends and family about the issue
- Volunteer for, or donate to ACRATH, or other organisations fighting trafficking.
“The groups featured in the 2016 calendar are working together in the belief that we can make things better, but we need more people to join the fight, doing what they can in their own families, community or workplace,” Sr Janine said.
The calendars cost $10. Download an order form here.
Contact: For more information contact Sr Janine Bliss at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0412 185 026