Learning About Human Trafficking
On Friday 28th Oct, the Education group conducted the fourth of its major Education Training days for senior secondary teachers. Once again Melbourne Catholic Education supported ACRATH by providing the venue and catering for the participants, in addition to granting Professional Development Accreditation to participants.
We were delighted to have three excellent speakers: – Dr Stephen Fisher ACU speaking about Demand in Sex Trafficking and Prostitution; Professor Jennifer Burn on Risk Factors for young women, in particular those vulnerable to Forced Marriage. Jen also spoke about the problems involved in recruitment in Supply Chains and Liz Payne on the Forced Marriage Project which has already been trialled successfully in three States.
Some responses to the Evaluation Question “What did you find the most valuable today?” indicate that the program was well received.
“The variety of speakers and perspectives was much appreciated as well as their variety of approaches and interpretations. Thank you for your work!
“My eyes have been opened to how vulnerable women are particularly many from ethnic groups.”
Human Rights: “Empower the students – knowledge is power!”
“The perspective on male violence and root causes/attitudes.”
“The whole day was worth a great deal. Great presenters and material”
“As an Economics Teacher I will incorporate a more in depth look at the Supply Chain and how Government decision on free trade can have a significant influence on the use of these slave labour forces.”
We were indeed pleased with these positive remarks and the eager participation in all aspects of the day by those in attendance. Of course we hope that the learnings of the teachers will enhance their work in their respective schools.