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ACRATH needs to raise $200,000 in the coming weeks until 30 July – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – to sustain its many programs and to continue supporting victim/survivors of human trafficking into the future. This year ACRATH needs funds to advocate, educate, contribute to change and support the victims/survivors, and to continue building on work done through the pandemic.

We are about to meet with members of the newly-elected Labor Government advocating for:

  • A National Compensation Scheme for Victim/Survivors of Modern Slavery
  • A National Labour Hire Licensing Scheme
  • A Ratification of ILO Convention Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) and
  • An Increase of Australia’s ODA to 0.7% of the Gross National Income, meeting Australia’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals 2015 – 2030.

Our education programs in schools and the wider community continue using resources developed and delivered by staff and volunteers across the country – most recently to students training to be teachers at University of Notre Dame Fremantle Campus(see story in this newsletter).

Frontline health workers at St Vincent’s Health Australia, in partnership with ACRATH, work to better identify people who might have been trafficked and who present at the hospitals. Staff now know the appropriate referral pathways. Staff from St John of God Hospitals are also being trained by ACRATH in areas of human trafficking and modern slavery and referral pathways for victim/survivors.

Several months ago, after more than a decade of advocacy and, with your support, we were able to help 22 men from the Pacific to finally receive an Act of Grace payment as redress from the Federal Government for the exploitation they suffered in Australia while employed under the Seasonal Worker Program. Seeking justice is always a long-term challenge and we can’t do it without your support.

ACRATH’s new President Sr Clare Condon sgs sees one of the big challenges facing ACRATH is the need for financial stability and sustainability.

“I believe in the ministry of ACRATH and the need to address the human rights and dignity of all people, but particularly those people who are trapped by modern slavery and unjust employment, especially children across our world.

We rely on donations from very generous people and religious orders. The staff are constantly looking for grants from governments and private bodies to support particular projects.  It’s demanding and taxing work.

So I thank all those people who have donated to us this year and those who are considering making a donation.”

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