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  • Advocacy Covid Style October 16, 2020
    Every year ACRATH staff, members and volunteers advocate on a range of issues. A feature of this advocacy is the annual week of meetings with MPs and others in Canberra on key issues. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions within ACRATH and across the country, our annual Canberra ‘chapter’ of advocacy had to be different. We ...
  • Action Needed Now September 17, 2020
    The NSW State Parliament passed Modern Slavery legislation in June 2018. The Act was passed unopposed. The NSW Modern Slavery Act is groundbreaking legislation as it not only refers to slavery in supply chains but the rights of victims and their need for support is also part of the Act. Unfortunately despite the Act being ...
  • Latest ACRATH News September 16, 2020
    In the September issue of ACRATH News you can read about ACRATH’s new Forced Marriage Video Presentation which was launched in August. The Australian Federal Police participated in the launch and explored the issues facing local authorities working to combat forced marriage. Other stories include: ETIKO Fairtrade clothing and JINTA sports equipment is offering ACRATH readers a discount. Work ...
  • 2021 ACRATH Calendar September 9, 2020
    ACRATH’s 2021 calendar is now available. To date we have sold the ACRATH Calendar for $10.  However this year we acknowledge that many are directly effected by Covid-19, and would still like for you to receive the 2021 ACRATH Calendar. We value your support. Please feel free to order calendars complimentary, or make a donation. ...
  • Support for Workers in Queensland September 2, 2020
    ACRATH’s Regional Coordinator in Queensland, Sr Janine Bliss fmm, has been spending a good bit of time in the Bundaberg area supporting seasonal workers in recent times. The workers are mainly from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste. These workers came to Australia through the Seasonal Workers Program, a government aid programme. It is a sad fact that ...
  • Human Dignity, Freedom and Care August 26, 2020
    Talitha Kum, the International Network Against Trafficking in Persons, invites you to participate in an online “Conversation among women of faith on human dignity, freedom and care”. The event will be conducted in English with translation available in French and Spanish. This is the link to participate in the event on AUGUST 31 at 2pm CEST (Rome ...
  • South Sea Islander Slavery in Australia August 19, 2020
    ACRATH is pleased to invite you to take part in a webinar during which you will learn about the cruel act and generational impact of historical slavery for South Sea Islander people. Starting in 1847 over 62,000 south Sea Islanders, mostly men, were kidnapped, tricked and coerced from Vanuatu, Solomon’s and 80 surrounding islands with the ...
  • Forced Marriage Training Initiative August 17, 2020
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) will launch a suite of new and revised forced marriage resources during a zoom launch on Thursday August 27 2020. A highlight of the zoom launch will be the release of the 35-minute 2020 ACRATH Recorded Forced Marriage Video Presentation for educators, healthcare professionals and frontline responders ...
  • ACRATH Forced Marriage Resources Webinar August 10, 2020
    You are invited to join us for a ZOOM Webinar Launch of ACRATH’s new and updated suite of forced marriage resources on Thursday 27th August 2.00 to 3.30pm EST. The new resources will be live on the ACRATH website from this time. The Zoom Launch will feature a navigation demonstration of the Forced Marriage Resources Page on ...
  • Temporary Migration Inquiry August 9, 2020
    In December 2019 the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Temporary Migration to inquire into and report on the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. ACRATH prepared a submission for this Inquiry. In developing the submission ACRATH drew on knowledge ...
  • In Australia! Slavery!!! August 5, 2020
    During these days when it is not possible to hold gatherings with guest speakers, ACRATH has developed a video resource that could be used to assist in raising awareness about human trafficking and slavery here in Australia. Schools may find this resources particularly helpful. The resources explains what human trafficking is and encourages viewers to ...
  • August Actions Against Modern Slavery August 1, 2020
    Did you know that Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. The Act was passed by the Australia Parliament in November 2018. Under the Act companies with an annual revenue of more than $100 million must prepare annual statements for the Department of Home Affairs, setting out their actions to assess and address modern slavery risks ...
  • Prayer Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2020
    ACRATH members and friends participated in an online reflection today to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Participants reflected on the horror of human trafficking and spent time discerning actions they could take to work against human trafficking and slavery in our world today. If you were unable to join in this time of ...
  • Hello Teachers July 28, 2020
    ACRATH is delighted to have supported a number of schools in educating their senior students about modern slavery by using ACRATH’s updated Teaching Kit. ACRATH would love to receive your feedback on the kit. How was the kit used? Did your students get engaged with this? Did the kit support you? Please send any feedback you may have to ...
  • People More Vulnerable to Traffickers during Covid-19 July 24, 2020
    ACRATH calls for support in lead up to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) today urged people to support those most vulnerable to trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACRATH President Sr Louise Cleary csb, who co-founded the organisation 15 years ago, urged people to support this ...
  • Letter From ACRATH President July 23, 2020
    Dear ACRATH Members and Supporters, As we head towards July 30, the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I’m reflecting on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking. It’s 16 years since I gathered with Sr Tania de Jong rgs, Sr Margaret Ng ...
  • Pray Online with ACRATH July 23, 2020
    ACRATH members have prepared a ten minute Prayer for the World Day Against the Trafficking in Persons. You are invited to join ACRATH on ZOOM on the 30th July.  Please click on the Zoom link below to attend.  If you are unable to attend download the PowerPoint and lead your community in prayer. Zoom details Topic: World ...
  • Implement NSW Modern Slavery Act July 21, 2020
    ACRATH is pleased to be part of a consortium of more than 117 organisations, academics, lawyers, community and faith leaders urging the NSW Premier to end the delay and bring the state’s historic Modern Slavery Act into force by 1 January 2021, two and a half years after it was passed by both houses of ...
  • ACRATH 2020 Fundraising Appeal July 9, 2020
    Many of you, your congregations, dioceses, parishes or communities, already donate to ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and may have already done so in recent months. Others have supported trafficked people through prayer, advocacy, companionship, purchasing slavery-free products and letter writing. Thank you! It takes an almighty community effort to build the momentum needed ...
  • Act Against Human Trafficking July 3, 2020
    ACRATH has developed a prayer to use as we mark the 2020 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This day is marked each year on 30th July. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are more than 40 million people in our world today who are victims of human trafficking. Forced labour and human ...
  • Actions for July 2020 July 1, 2020
    The UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is held on 30th July each year. As we prepare to mark this day later in the month perhaps we could focus on raising awareness about this heinous crime. It is estimated there are over 40 million people in slavery in our world today and most of ...
  • Donate to ACRATH Online June 30, 2020
    ACRATH is now able to accept online donations. Without the support received from generous donors ACRATH would not be able to continue working against human trafficking and slavery. Donations enable ACRATH to support survivors and to advocate for systemic change. Thank you to all who have supported us especially during these difficult times. ACRATH is able ...
  • Impact of Covid -19 on Human Trafficking June 29, 2020
    Sr Gabriella Bottani, International Co-ordinator of Talitha Kum, speaks about increased vulnerability to human trafficking during this period of Covid-19. ACRATH is a member of Talitha Kum, the International Network Against Trafficking in Persons. Click here to view video.
  • 20th Anniversary TIP Report June 27, 2020
    The 20th anniversary edition of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report had been released by the US State Department. In releasing the report John Cotton Richmond, Ambassador-at-large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons said: “The call of the 20th anniversary is clear. We must commit ourselves to our goal of freedom. What traffickers are ...
  • News from ACRATH June 17, 2020
    During this period of the global Covid-19 pandemic more people than ever are vulnerable to being trafficked and enslaved. Despite Covid-19 the work of ACRATH has continued. The June 2020 edition of ACRATH News highlights the work being done by ACRATH in the areas of forced marriage, forced labour and slavery-free supply chains. Download your ...
  • Action for June June 1, 2020
    In 2019 Service or Servitude: A Study of Trafficking for Domestic Work in Australia was published. While the official number of recorded cases of domestic servitude in Australia is relatively small, this research found that many cases go undetected. And while Australia has a response framework for victims of trafficking, those who experience domestic servitude face ...
  • Human Trafficking – the Facts May 29, 2020
    Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery – what are the facts especially in this time of Pandemic and what would Catherine McAuley be Saying? This Webinar organised by Lorraine Phelan rsm, a Sister of Mercy and ACRATH Regional Coordinator for ACT/NSW was originally set up for those connected to the Sisters of Mercy in some way but ...
  • Thank You ACRATH Volunteers May 18, 2020
    https://youtu.be/uVl21tiNkbY So much of what ACRATH achieves depends on our volunteers. They generously contribute many hours each year so that the mission of ACRATH can be realised. Especially during this Volunteers Week (18th -25th May), ACRATH says thank you for your support in the areas of advocacy, awareness raising and education, and for your commitment to a ...
  • Teaching Kit and Webinars April 28, 2020
    Secondary school teachers wanting to teach students about modern-day slavery now have a free on-line resource and follow up webinar support produced by ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). The Modern Slavery: A Kit for Senior Secondary Students, which can be found on ACRATH’s website acrath.org.au, was first developed with a focus on human ...
  • Coronavirus Impacts International Students April 26, 2020
    The onslaught of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has caused much pain, suffering and hardship to Australians and people all over the world. During this time of fear and uncertainty we appreciate the Australian and State Governments’ efforts to stop the spreading of this contagious and deadly disease through social distancing and isolation. This has however, ...
  • Covid-19 and the People Who Make our Clothes April 18, 2020
    As the world faces this pandemic in unified isolation, Fashion Revolution is focusing on how the unfolding situation is affecting the people who make our clothes. Retailers are shutting their doors around the world, encouraging their customers to shop online instead. Yet the reality is that as we are forced to stay in our ...
  • Threads of Hope April 16, 2020
    On April 24, 2013 the eight-storey Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring more than 2,500 others. In the rubble of the building rescuers found labels for brands of clothing destined for Australia and other countries all around the world. At the time Pope Francis denounced as “slave labor” the ...
  • Make Easter 2020 Fairest of All April 7, 2020
    Yes, Easter 2020 is surely going to be one to remember. But let’s make it count. “Make 2020 the Easter when we as a community send shockwaves through supermarkets because the product most in demand was – slavery-free chocolate,” said ACRATH Executive Officer Christine Carolan. Ms Carolan encouraged people to use their money this Holy Week ...
  • ACRATH Welcomes New Visa Arrangement April 6, 2020
    ACRATH welcomes the news that the Federal Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19. These changes will assist those within the Pacific Labour Scheeme, the Seasonal Workers Program and working holiday makers who are currently in Australia. ...
  • ACRATH Member Visits Seasonal Workers April 3, 2020
    ACRATH Member, Fr Peter O’Neill ssc, has been working tirelessly to ensure Seasonal Workers in Australia are aware of their rights. Part of his work has involved advocating on behalf of 22 men from Vanuatu who were exploited while working on Australia farms some years ago. He recently wrote and article that was published in ...
  • NSW Inquiry Report Recommendations Welcomed March 26, 2020
    The NSW Parliament passed a Modern Slavery Act in June 2018. However the Act has never been implemented. Instead it was put on hold while an Inquiry into the legislation was conducted. The Inquiry report was released on 25th March. ACRATH and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) prepared a joint submission for the Inquiry urging the ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2020 March 12, 2020
    The first ACRATH Newsletter for 2020 is now available. If you want to to know how to have a slavery-free Easter then this newsletter is a must for you to read. You can also find out how to have a slavery-free staffroom, school or workplace. You can support the work of ACRATH by participating ...
  • Sweet and Bitter Chocolate March 10, 2020
    The Sweet and often Bitter truth about Easter Chocolate One indisputable truth. Chocolate is delicious. We know this because at Easter Australians spend millions of dollars buying hundreds of kilograms of chocolate to eat and give away. Another indisputable truth is that the cost of some chocolate is a child’s education, and sometimes his or her freedom. That’s because much of our ...
  • Campaign to Recoup Unpaid Wages March 5, 2020
    ACRATH is seeking your support for 22 men from Vanuatu who were exploited in Australia in 2014 while working under the Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP), a programme that is part of Australia’s aid program in the Pacific and is administered by the Department of Employment on behalf of the Federal Government. The men worked hard ...
  • Action for March March 5, 2020
    Talitha Kum is a worldwide network working against human trafficking. It facilitates collaboration and the exchange of information between networks around the world, and strengthens existing activities and initiatives to counter human trafficking everywhere. The member networks of Talitha Kum are organised in many different ways according to their particular contexts and cultures. Talitha Kum is ...
  • Believing Women for a Culture of Peace February 26, 2020
    Believing Women for a Culture of Peace invite you to celebrate international Women’s Day on 8th March by attending a presentation on Forced Marriage and Modern Slavery. Presenters at the event will be ACRATH members Liz Payne and Janine Bliss. Event details are as follows: Date: 8th March 2020 Time: 1.30-3.30 pm Place: Centre for Interfaith and ...
  • ACRATH National Committee 2020-2022 February 23, 2020
    During the recent ACRATH National Conference Sr Louise Cleary csb was elected as the President of ACRATH. Louise is one of the founding members of ACRATH. She has had extensive experience in advocating against human trafficking and slavery in Australia and beyond. At an international assembly of Talitha Kum (the International Network of Consecrated ...
  • Eliminating Human Trafficking – Here and Beyond February 19, 2020
    ACRATH members from around Australia have gathered in Sydney for their annual conference. The conference opened with ACRATH President, Noelene Simmons sm, delivering the annual report. The conference theme this year is Eliminating Human Trafficking – Here and Beyond. Over the two day conference members will be informed about human trafficking and slavery issues existing ...
  • Catholic schools lead push to eliminate slavery February 14, 2020
    A Make your school slavery-free resource kit was launched in Melbourne yesterday (Thursday February 13) to help students, teachers and staff eliminate slavery from Catholic schools. Archbishop Peter Comensoli and Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary, a co-founder of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) launched the Make your school slavery-free resource kit at ...
  • February Focus February 1, 2020
    During February ACRATH invites you to mark the World Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Gather a few others to help organize an slavery-free Easter chocolate campaign in your parish, school and community. Use parish and school bulletins and social media  to invite others to join the slavery-free Easter campaign. Post feedback to ...
  • Prayer to End Human Trafficking and Slavery January 25, 2020
    Each year on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking. Born in 1869 in Sudan, Josephine was 7 years old when taken by slave traders. She was bought and sold many times in the following decade. Taken to Italy by a ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 17, 2020
    The first issue of Stop Trafficking! for 2020 highlights the intersection between migration and trafficking. Articles include Trafficking Risks for Refugees, the Global Compact on Migration, Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration, Gridlock: Labour, Migration and Human Trafficking in Dubai and Migrants and Trafficking: the Vulnerability of Movement. The January issue of Stop ...
  • Action for the New Year December 31, 2019
    As we begin a New Year many people make New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe for 2020 your resolution could be to help organisations like ACRATH fighting against slavery and human trafficking. How can you help? Perhaps you could take time to prepare to mark St Josephine Bakhita’s Day on 8 February. St Josephine Bakhita is the patron ...
  • Forced Marriage Awareness December 11, 2019
    On the final day of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival ACRATH members Liz and Kathy held a workshop attended by 130 young people, on Forced Marriage and the referral pathways. The workshop was based on case studies with the young people asked to identify the common complexities, sensitivities and risk that need to be considered ...
  • ACRATH Advocates at Youth Festival December 8, 2019
    Members of ACRATH in Western Australia have been busy preparing to take part in the Australia Catholic Youth Festival 8-10 December in Perth. The stall is now ready to welcome the pilgrims who will attend the festival. During the Festival ACRATH participated in a number of workshops: Three ACRATH members, Kathy, Liz and Tori, presented a ...
  • ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable December 7, 2019
    ACRATH President & National Executive Officer, Noelene Simmons sm & Christine Carolan, recently participated in the 11th annual meeting of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. Held in Parliament House Canberra, the event was convened by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP. Also in ...
  • Advocates for Change December 5, 2019
    St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) has embarked on a groundbreaking training program to help key staff identify and support vulnerable people who present to its hospitals who have been trafficked. The Advocates for Change initiative is part of a wider anti-trafficking project that SVHA began in 2017 in partnership with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against ...
  • December Action December 2, 2019
    In December our thoughts turn to Christmas and gift giving. This year why not seek out gifts that are ethically produced so that your gift giving is not tainted by slavery. For more information on ethical purchasing click here. Perhaps you might consider giving the gift of freedom this Christmas. Your donation to organisations such as ...
  • Extent of Human Tragedy in South Australia November 29, 2019
    Research from South Australia’s Flinders University has focussed on the 18 people documented to have been trafficked in South Australia between 2004 and 2019; the majority have been young women forced to marry. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has referred the 18 suspected victims of human trafficking in SA to the Support for Trafficked People ...
  • Social Disadvantage and Human Exploitation November 23, 2019
    National Executive Officer of ACRATH, Christine Carolan, is one of the speakers at the Catholic Social Ministry Conference in Melbourne this month. The conference provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences about the nature, functions and priorities of Catholic Social Ministry. In her paper Christine uses Canon Joseph Cardijn’s ‘See-judge-act’ framework for engaging with ...
  • ACRATH National Committee Meets in Melbourne November 21, 2019
    ACRATH National Committee members met in Melbourne 20-21 November. The National Committee is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the ACRATH strategic plan and annual budget. At each meeting Regional Coordinators present a report on regional activities since the last meeting and outline plans for the coming months. ACRATH’s limited financial resources means that a ...
  • Merlyn Keeps Singing for Justice November 21, 2019
    People and organisations have long used music, particularly folk, in their struggles for justice and social change. Australian opera singer Merlyn Quaife AM has done her bit and more. A decade ago Merlyn, an acclaimed soprano, spoke to Victorian ACRATH member Stancea Vichie about human trafficking. She realised that her great gift, her voice, could ...
  • 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence Campaign November 17, 2019
    The 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence campaign is held each year beginning of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and ending on International Human Rights Day (10th December). The 16 Day campaign reinforces the fact that violence against women is a human rights violation.  The 2019 theme is Ending ...
  • Make Your School Slavery-free October 24, 2019
    Coffee anyone? Make mine slavery-free please ACRATH, in collaboration with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and the Archdiocese of Melbourne, has developed a Resource Kit to help schools, workplaces, parishes and homes, transition to a slavery-free environment by creating a slavery-free staffroom/kitchen. The kit explains ‘how to’ transition to new products, includes awareness raising resources, and a ‘where to buy’ slavery ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum in South Australia October 23, 2019
    On the 12th of September ACRATH SA organised a Human Trafficking Forum in collaboration with Flinders College of Business Government and Law and SA Red Cross. A copy of the forum programme can be accessed here. Speakers presented on numerous issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, including forced marriage, wage theft, labour exploitation, both ...
  • Modern Slavery ACT 2018 (NSW) Inquiry October 19, 2019
    In June 2018 the NSW Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act 2018. This ground-breaking legislation was welcomed by ACRATH. The Act recognised the NSW Government’s role in preventing human trafficking and slavery through education and legislation, protecting those who have been exploited by providing support and opportunities for rehabilitation and prosecuting those responsible for exploitative practices. Unfortunately ...
  • Forced Marriage Awareness Raising October 14, 2019
    ACRATH member Stancea Vichie mss recently gave a presentation on Forced Marriage to the Anglican Mothers’ Union at their church in Ormond, Melbourne. Stancea outlined the problem of forced marriage here in Australia and beyond.  ACRATH is grateful for the fund raising the Anglican Mothers’ Union conducted to support our work in raising awareness about this ...
  • Weaving a Web of Love October 2, 2019
    Weaving a Web of Love was the theme for the recent Talitha Kum Assembly(the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons)  in Rome. The event, hosted by UISG (International Union of Superior General) marked the 10th Anniversary of Talitha Kum. 86 people from 42 countries gathered. Oceania was represented by ACRATH members Angela ...
  • Take Action in October October 2, 2019
    In October the ACRATH calendar alerts us to a resource that enables us to make ethical fashion choices. How does your favourite brand rank in the 2019 Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide? Use this guide to help end worker exploitation in the fashion industry. October 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Given ...
  • Modern Slavery in Australia & the World September 26, 2019
    You are invited to attend a Neighbourhood Night on 18th October. Speakers from STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia, International Justice Mission, ACRATH and the Uniting Church in Australia will present on the topic Modern Slavery in Australia and the World. This will be followed by a Q & A session. Where:         Epping Uniting Church When:  ...
  • Talitha Kum Celebrates 10 Years September 24, 2019
    Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with an assembly in Rome (21-27 September). Present at the event are ACRATH members Christine Carolan, Claire Griffith and Louise Cleary. Talitha Kum has been a catalyst for connecting networks of Religious and their lay colleagues working to eradicate ...
  • Modern Slavery Free Campaign September 24, 2019
    Join with ACRATH and our Uniting Church partners in a postcard campaign calling on the Australian Government to implement the recommendations of Prof Allan Fel’s Migrant Workers’ Taskforce.  Late in 2018, the government agreed in principle to the recommendations outlined in the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce Report.  The postcard addressed to the Attorney General, Christian Porter, ...
  • ACRATH Archivist Retires September 6, 2019
    Members of ACRATH in Victoria recently gathered to honour Sr Anne McPhee ibvm who has been the ACRATH archivist for a number of years. Anne has worked as a volunteer to establish the archives and to maintain and catalogue the story of ACRATH through documents, articles and photos. ACRATH is very grateful to Anne for ...
  • 2020 ACRATH Calendar September 3, 2019
    The 2020 ACRATH Calendar is now available for purchase. The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, creates awareness of human trafficking, globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2020 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work of a range of organisations worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s work Provide ...
  • Actions for September August 31, 2019
    The September page of the 2019 ACRATH calendar reminds us that forced labour happens in Australia. Forced labour is more that a bad job. It happens when a person is not free to stop working because of threats, coercion or deception. Migrant workers and international students are particularly vulnerable. Anti-Slavery Australia offers specialist legal assistance ...
  • Creating Slavery-free Staffrooms in Melbourne August 29, 2019
    Throughout 2019 ACRATH’s Rosie Hoban has worked with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and the Archdiocese of Melbourne, supporting the development of a Resource Kit to help schools and offices begin the transition to a slavery-free environment by creating a slavery-free staffroom. The kit guides the transitioning to new products, includes awareness raising resources, and an ...
  • Putting Modern Slavery on the Agenda August 21, 2019
    Staff at the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Office in Warragul took time out from their regular duties on recently to learn about modern forms of slavery, including human trafficking and child labour. Brigidine sisters Claire Griffin and Louise Cleary, both members of ACRATH, visited Sion House to share their knowledge and encourage action. While the session ...
  • Bollywood Event to Support ACRATH August 19, 2019
    Members of ACRATH in Western Australia recently held a Bollywood themed fundraising dinner. It was an amazing night of fun and dancing. Present at the event were 200 attendees consisting of ACRATH members, clergy, religious sisters, agency representatives, and friends of ACRATH. In her welcome speech, ACRATH WA Coordinator Kathy Fagan thanked those who generously ...
  • ACRATH Advocacy News August 13, 2019
    For two days in July a small but passionate group took ACRATH’s concerns to Federal Parliament. The latest ACRATH Newsletter outlines these concerns. Outcomes of the visit and reflections of some members of the advocacy team are also recorded in the newsletter. Download a copy of the newsletter here.
  • Fairtrade Fortnight Marked in Melbourne August 8, 2019
    To mark Fairtrade Fortnight the Archdiocese of Melbourne Office for Justice and Peace (OJP) joined with ACRATH to hold a Fairtrade morning tea to raise awareness about modern day slavery. OJP and ACRATH are founding members of the Victoria-Tasmania Catholic Modern Slavery Taskforce, intending to ensure that policies, practices and procurements of the four dioceses in ...
  • NSW Modern Slavery Laws at Risk August 7, 2019
    World-leading laws to tackle modern slavery could be at risk of being watered down or even dumped under the scope of a review into the legislation announced by the NSW Government, prominent Australian organisations have warned today. Groups including Oxfam Australia, Stop the Traffik and the Human Rights Law Centre are worried that the terms of ...
  • Caritas Resource for Teachers August 7, 2019
    Caritas Australia has put out an education resource to help secondary teachers explore the issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery with their students.  Specific lesson plans and activities have not been included as a comprehensive unit of work is already available on the ACRATH website. The Caritas resource provides some additional resources, reflection questions and actions ...
  • Forced Marriage Education in Toowoomba August 7, 2019
    ACRATH members Stancea Vichie mss and Deidre Gardiner rsm were recently joined by the Executive Officer of Highways and Byways, Liz McAloon, to discuss the workshops on Forced Marriage that will take place in Toowoomba in the coming months. ACRATH is grateful to Highways and Byways for their support of this project. Highways & Byways ...
  • Exploited Workers Must be Paid August 2, 2019
    ACRATH has been calling on the Federal Government to compensate 22 ni-Vanuatu workers more than $100,000 in lost wages and expenses for farm work they completed back in 2014. The work was done by the men when they were recruited through the Seasonal Workers program for Pacific Workers, an Australian government aid program. ABC Radio Australia ...
  • Actions for August August 1, 2019
    In the August Page of the 2019 ACRATH Calendar we find the issue of forced marriage highlighted. ACRATH works in schools so that students, at risk of a forced marriage, know what to do and where to go. If you would like more information, or to arrange a training session in your school, contact [email protected] During August we ...
  • Eradicating Modern Slavery from Catholic Supply Chains August 1, 2019
    A two day conference aimed at helping Australian Catholic organisations to eliminate slavery from their supply chains was held in Sydney 30th-31st July. Organised by the Sydney Archdiocese Anti-slavery Task Force the conference was an opportunity for participants to be informed about modern slavery and the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 and to consider where ...
  • ACRATH meets with Archbishop Comensoli July 31, 2019
    Clare Griffin csb, ACRATH Co-ordinator Victoria, and Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, met with Melbourne’s Archbishop Peter Comensoli on 31 July. They discussed the recent ACRATH advocacy visit to Canberra with him. They also explored ways to promote awareness raising with regard to human trafficking, forced marriage and forced labour, particularly across different demographics.  
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2019
    “On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres The World Day Against Trafficking in Person is held each year on 30th July. Every country in the world is affect by the crime of human trafficking. Traffickers target the ...
  • ACRATH Advocating in Federal Parliament July 28, 2019
    ACRATH members will once again be walking the halls of our Federal Parliament on 29th & 30th July. During this visit ACRATH will be congratulating the Parliament for passing the Modern Slavery Act 2018. While The Modern Slavery Act is an achievement in the fight against human trafficking and slavery there is still more work ...
  • People are NOT for Sale July 26, 2019
    As we head towards the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30 we would like to thank those of you who have donated to our national appeal. On July 30 the spotlight is shone on human trafficking and the cost to millions of people worldwide. It is estimated that more than 40 million ...
  • Victim-Offender Overlap in Trafficking in Persons for Sexual Exploitation July 22, 2019
    Flinders University PhD candidate and member of ACRATH, Alexandra Louise Anderson Baxter, recently published a paper entitled When the Line between Victimization and Criminalization Blurs: The Victim-Offender Overlap Observed in Female Offenders in Cases of Trafficking in Persons for Sexual Exploitation in Australia. Between 2004 and 2015 nine females were convicted under divisions 270 (Slavery and ...
  • Inherent Dignity Webinar Series July 14, 2019
    Mercy Global Action held a three session interactive webinar series to take a closer look at Mercy International Association’s publication Inherent Dignity, an anti-human trafficking advocacy guidebook.The Inherent Dignity Guidebook can be accessed here.  The webinar series aimed to engage participants with the major learnings of this guidebook and address the following questions: What is the human-rights based ...
  • ACRATH combats forced marriage in Australia July 8, 2019
    Samin was 20 when she discovered her parents intended sending her out of Australia to marry in another country. She had been promised to a relative. Samin did not want to leave Australia to marry a stranger. She made contact with an agency and disclosed the imminent marriage. The person she spoke to had participated ...
  • Actions for July July 1, 2019
    As we prepare to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons please consider a donation to ACRATH.  The following case study gives you an indication of one of the ways in which your donation will assist the work of ACRATH. Maria was only 22 when she responded to an advertisement with a job agency in ...
  • Knowing Your Supply Chain June 29, 2019
    Three ACRATH members attended the Implementing Australia’s Modern Slavery Act: Knowing Your Supply Chain Conference held in Sydney 26-27th June 2019. Australia’s Modern Slavery Act requires businesses with an income threshold in excess of $100 million are required to report on incidents of slavery in their supply chain and the measures they are undertaking to ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter – People Are NOT for Sale June 25, 2019
    The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter highlights three situations in which ACRATH has been able to contribute to the fight against human trafficking and slavery. Download a copy of the ACRATH Newsletter here. Without support from our generous donors that would not have been possible. ACRATH sincerely thanks all our donors. But the fight against  human ...
  • Talitha Kum Coordinator a 2019 TIP Hero June 21, 2019
    Congratulations to Sr Gabriella Bottani, international coordinator of Talitha Kum, who has been named a 2019 TIP (Trafficking in Person) Hero by the US State Department in the Annual TIP report. In acknowledging the work of Sr Gabriella the TIP report states: ” Talitha Kum, a global network across 77 countries of more than 2,000 Catholic nuns working ...
  • Call to Help Combat Modern Day Slavery June 12, 2019
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has launched its national fund-raising appeal today in a bid to raise $400,000 to continue its work fighting human trafficking and modern slavery. ACRATH now relies entirely on donations after last year losing its $125,000 a year grant from the Federal Government. ACRATH’s Executive Officer Christine Carolan said the ...
  • Action for June June 4, 2019
     Asylum seekers and refugees forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution or natural disasters are most vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. By supporting the work of ACRATH you can bring hope to the lives of those who have been or are in danger of being exploited. ACRATH needs your help. Support ACRATH’s ...
  • A Snapshot of ACRATH Involvement May 10, 2019
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxfLASREimA During the 2019 ACRATH National Conference Sr Louise Cleary csb was interviewed about her association with ACRATH. Louise explains how, after meeting some trafficked persons, she became one of the founding members of ACRATH. Louise goes on to explain her present involvement with ACRATH.
  • Actions for May May 7, 2019
    During this month of May let us take time to recall the plight of those who have experienced slavery and exploitation in Australia. From the 1860s thousands of Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland on cotton or sugar plantations, often by force or trickery. The practice became known as blackbirding. ...
  • WA Events Raise Awareness about Forced Marriage April 17, 2019
    March 12th to 15th 2019 provided four days of events in WA to raise awareness and educate over 300 frontline responders, service organisations, government and non-government organisations, members of the clergy and members of the education community of Perth and beyond. On Tuesday 12th March, 120 members of 61 organisations came together for the WA Inaugural ...
  • Human Trafficking Commercializes the Other April 13, 2019
    Speaking at a  Vatican conference that examined the implementation of the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking on 11th April, Pope Francis described human trafficking as a most dramatic manifestation of commercializing the other. “Those who are guilty of this crime damage not only others, but also themselves. Indeed, each one of us is created to love ...
  • Are Your Easter Eggs Slavery-free? April 11, 2019
    Still looking to purchase your Easter Eggs for 2019? Did you know that not all eggs are slavery-free? You will enjoy your Easter Eggs even more if you know that the eggs you purchase are free of child slavery and help farmers to earn a living wage. ACRATH and Be Slavery Free have been campaigning for ...
  • ACRATH Members Share Wisdom at Conference April 8, 2019
    https://youtu.be/KxuVV-HQcgk Sr Joan Kennedy pbvm, a member of ACRATH in Victoria, was interviewed during the recent ACRATH Annual Conference. She comments on her own involvement in ACRATH and the wisdom that was shared by conference participants. The Conference gave Sr Joan lots of information about what ACRATH is doing throughout Australia to work against human trafficking.
  • April News From ACRATH April 3, 2019
    The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. It contains informative articles about recent ACRATH activities including the ACRATH National Conference and ACRATH’s participation in activities for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking held each year on the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. You can also learn how ...
  • Action for April March 31, 2019
    As part of Easter reflections in your parish or community, arrange a reflection time at which people are invited to consider Pope Francis’ words – “It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods!”  What challenge or invitation to life does this offer you? You ...
  • ACRATH Conference Reflections March 30, 2019
    https://youtu.be/dVXjXIxILtk Sr Lynne Crilley reflects on why she became a member of ACRATH and her participation in the 2019 ACRATH National Conference.
  • Migrant Worker Exploitation Unacceptable March 14, 2019
    For many years ACRATH has advocated for migrant workers to have improved access to information about their rights as workers in Australia and for the licencing of labour hire firms as one means of reducing labour exploitation. Exploitation of migrant workers in Australia is not to be tolerated. In 2016 the Federal Government established the Migrant Workers ...
  • Campaign for Justice March 8, 2019
    You are invited to join with ACRATH is seeking justice for 22 workers from Vanuatu who were exploited in Australia. The workers arrived in Australia in July 2014. For seven weeks they worked tirelessly on six farms sometimes receiving only one meal a day. When they were not paid their salaries and asked for their payment ...
  • Human Face, Human Impact, Human Stories February 26, 2019
      ACRATH members from across Australia have gathered in Sydney for their annual Conference. The theme for the 2019 conference is Human Face, Human Impact, Human Stories.The conference began with a prayer reflection on the Dignity of the Human Person. ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons, presented the ACRATH Annual Report assisted by the National Executive Officer ...
  • Talitha Kum International Coordination February 20, 2019
    The Talitha Kum International Coordination Committee meeting took place in Rome 11-13 February. The committee comprises the International Coordinator of Talitha Kum, Sr Gabriella Bottani, and six Continent Coordinators. ACRATH member Sr Colleen Jackson attended this meeting as the Oceania Coordinator. An important part of the meeting was preparing for the International Talitha Kum Assembly which ...
  • Stop Trafficking! February 20, 2019
    The February issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the growth of partnerships aimed at eliminating human trafficking and provides some examples. Articles include The 4th P: Partnership, Interpol Partnerships, Public Private Partnerships and Faith-Based Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking. There is also an article about Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in ...
  • Participating around Australia and Beyond February 11, 2019
    ACRATH members around Australia have participated in events to mark the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. This day is held annually on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudan woman who was sold into slavery at a very young age. On the vigil of the feast ACRATH members ...
  • February Action February 1, 2019
    Easter eggs are already in the shops so now is the time to begin preparing for a slavery-free Easter. As the Modern Slavery Act comes into force in Australia we as consumers need to be aware of whether there is slavery in the supply chain of the goods we purchase. Talk with your friends, work ...
  • Pastoral Orientation on Human Trafficking January 18, 2019
    Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking is a new document produced by the Migrant and Refugee office of the Vatican. The Orientations are for use by Catholic dioceses, parishes and religious congregations, schools and universities, by Catholic and other organizations of civil society and by any groups willing to respond. Pope Francis’s insistent teaching on HT provides the foundation for the present ...
  • Action to Begin the New Year January 1, 2019
    Welcome to 2019. Why not begin the new year by committing to do something to work against human trafficking. The January page of the ACRATH calendar tells us why some ACRATH members commit themselves to this work. No matter how small or large your contribution to this work you will make a difference. Perhaps you ...
  • NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner December 21, 2018
    Earlier this year the NSW Government passed the NSW Modern Slavery ACT.  This Act allows for the appointment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner for NSW. ACRATH is delighted to learn that Professor Jennifer Burn, director of Anti-Slavery Australia, has been appointed as the NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Over the years ACRATH has worked closely with Jennifer. ...
  • Donations Keep ACRATH Afloat December 19, 2018
    ACRATH will continue its anti-trafficking programs and advocacy, despite losing $125,000 Federal Government funding in June. Following the funding blow, ACRATH launched a national fundraising campaign and has been overwhelmed with the response. ACRATH’s Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said the organisation is deeply grateful for the support and the generosity of people, especially religious groups, who ...
  • December Actions December 8, 2018
    Make this a slavery free Christmas! Shop ethically when purchasing Christmas gifts such as chocolates, sporting goods, clothing or other cotton products for family members and friends. Tell at least five other people why you are making choices such as these. The ACRATH calendar December page reminds us that we do have the power to ...
  • Slavery Bill Almost Law November 29, 2018
    Less than twenty four hours after passing the Senate the Modern Slavery Bill has passed the House of Representative. The Bill now awaits assent by the Governor General for it to become law. This is great news for the many members of Parliament, government departments, NGOs and business that have collaborated and advocated for a ...
  • Modern Slavery Bill passes Senate November 28, 2018
    Australia has moved a step closer to having a Modern Slavery ACT. After a period of debate the Modern Slavery Bill was passed in the Senate today. ACRATH congratulates all who have had a part in bringing the bill to this stage. It is hoped the Bill will pass the House of Representative before Parliament ...
  • 16 Days Campaign November 22, 2018
    Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2018 is: Together we can end Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work The campaign looks at ...
  • Health Services to Focus on Human Trafficking November 16, 2018
    Many of Australia’s largest Catholic health care providers will gather across three cities on Monday to hear how they can slavery-proof their supply chains and better treat people who have been trafficked. St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) joined forces last year in a groundbreaking project to change ...
  • Talitha Kum Launches New Logo November 9, 2018
    Established in 2009, Talitha Kum is the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. The new logo returns to the figure of the hand poised to ‘#end human trafficking’ as a symbol of life and network-based commitment worldwide. According to Sr. Gabriella Bottani, Talitha Kum International Coordinator: “The new logo perfectly synthesizes our history and ...
  • ACRATH celebrates Opening of WA Office November 2, 2018
    It was a very joyous occasion when members of ACRATH in Western Australia gathered for the opening of the ACRATH office. Situated within the Newman Siena Centre in Doubleview the office space has been made available by the Archdiocese of Perth and will be staffed by ACRATH volunteers. ACRATH member Rosa Ranieri welcomed about 35 guests who ...
  • ACRATH Office Opens in WA October 29, 2018
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) will open an office in Perth on October 29 to further its work nationally. The office has been provided by the Archdiocese of Perth and will be staffed by ACRATH volunteers.  ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said “ACRATH’s anti-trafficking work, particularly our work to eliminate forced ...
  • Modern Slavery Bill Progresses September 25, 2018
    The Australian Parliament is currently considering a Modern Slavery Bill. On Tuesday 18th September the Bill was passed in the House of Representatives. To mark this event the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds has released a statement which can be accessed here. The Bill will now be debated in the Senate. While ACRATH ...
  • 2019 ACRATH Calendar September 10, 2018
    The 2019 ACRATH Calendar is now available for purchase. The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, creates awareness of human trafficking, globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2019 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work of a range of organisations worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s work Provide ...
  • Campaign re Modern Slavery Bill September 10, 2018
    Modern Slavery legislation is currently before the Australian Parliament. ACRATH is keen for the Modern Slavery Bill to be enacted but believes it is important that the legislation be amended to include provision for an independent statutory officer. You can play a part in supporting this legislation. Write to the Senators in your state asking ...
  • September Action September 3, 2018
    Did you know that forced marriage is an issue in Australia? While reliable statistics do not exist, it is believed one case is reported to Australian Federal Police every week. The September page of the 2018 ACRATH calendar highlights the ACRATH forced marriage education resource – My Rights, My Future forced marriage. For more information contact [email protected] ...
  • Where Do Odd Socks Go? August 25, 2018
    Have you ever wondered where do odd socks go? Yvonne has for most of her life. So much so, she’s written a 36-page book for 5 to 10-year-olds, Where Do Odd Socks Go?  Yvonne draws on her experience as a human rights advocate and a carer for troubled youth to take kids on a journey ...
  • Senate Reports on Modern Slavery Bill Inquiry August 24, 2018
    Over recent weeks the Senate Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee has conducted an inquiry regarding the Modern Slavery Bill that was introduced into the Australian Parliament in June 2018. The report of this inquiry has now been released. It contains six recommendations. ACRATH is delighted to see the report recommends that an independent statutory officer be ...
  • Help for Filipino people forced into labour in Australia August 24, 2018
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) is running a campaign in several community languages, including Tagalog, across Australia to alert workers to action they can take if they are being seriously exploited at work. The Radio and Print Project (RAPP) is focussing on the Filipino, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities to support people who ...
  • Canberra Advocacy Report August 21, 2018
    ACRATH’s week of advocacy in the Australian Parliament in 2018 saw a team of 14 ACRATH members and colleagues in Canberra to advocate for improved approaches to combatting human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking and slavery-like practices, and forced marriage. Several weeks of preparation at ACRATH’s office preceded the team’s arrival in Canberra for an afternoon of orientation, preparation ...
  • ACRATH Advocacy Begins in Parliament August 13, 2018
    The ACRATH Advocacy Team has begun meeting with members of Federal Parliament. As we do this work we are conscious that we have the privilege and responsibility to speak on behalf of those who do not have a voice. ACRATH is grateful to the members of Parliament who have accepted to meet with us. We ...
  • ACRATH Advocating in Federal Parliament August 9, 2018
    An ACRATH team of fourteen will be walking the halls of Federal Parliament 13-16th August. In their meetings with members of Parliament they will be advocating around three issues: support for the passage of the Modern Slavery Bill through Parliament while at the same time recommending inclusions, in particular the appointment of an independent anti-slavery commissioner establishment ...
  • ACRATH Loses Government Funding July 30, 2018
    National Fund-raising Appeal ACRATH has launched a national fund-raising appeal after today’s announcement from the Federal Government revealed that it would not be funding ACRATH this year. ACRATH’s $125,000 one-year grant from the Federal Government ran out on June 30 2018. We need your help now, more than ever, to continue our vital work to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.  To ...
  • Suggested Action for the Month of July July 9, 2018
    Donate Today Human trafficking and slavery happens in our world and yes, even in Australia. As we approach the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July you are asked to consider making a donation to ACRATH and so join the fight to end this evil crime. With your donation ACRATH can: work to eliminate human ...
  • Root Causes of Human Trafficking July 5, 2018
    Global Sisters Report interviews Sr Angela Reed rsm Australian Mercy Sr. Angela Reed represents Mercy International Association / Mercy Global Action at the United Nations. As Mercy International Association’s global action coordinator, Reed oversees her congregation’s advocacy work at the global body, with a particular focus on the trafficking of women and girls. Angela is also ...
  • Why No Prosecutions? June 23, 2018
    Victims Reluctant to Come Forward Forced Marriage became a criminal offence in March 2013 but to date there have been no prosecutions despite 230 cases being referred to the Australian Federal Police. At the recent inaugural conference on forced marriage participants from Australia and beyond considered the reasons for this situation. Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery ...
  • Curbing Human Slavery June 23, 2018
    Human Slavery Exists in Australia Eureka Street consulting editor, Fatima Measham, recently spoke with ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, about the existence of human trafficking and slavery in Australia. In the interview Christine speaks about the origins and work of ACRATH. She outlines examples of slavery and exploitation present in Australia, our complicity through our consumer choices ...
  • Students Could Not Remain Silent June 19, 2018
    Benefit Concert to Support ACRATH Students from Genazzano FCJ College in Kew, Melbourne, put their talents on show recently to help raise money for ACRATH. Several members of ACRATH were among the audience at the recent 7th Annual ACRATH Benefit Concert held at the College. A welcome by Ms Karen Jebb, Principal of the College, followed by ...
  • ACRATH Needs your Help June 12, 2018
    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Appeal ACRATH has today launched its fundraising appeal and hopes to raise more than $100,000 in the lead up to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. The money will help ACRATH maintain vital programs to combat human trafficking, especially forced marriage and forced labour. While you are reading ...
  • Help for people in forced labour in Australia June 6, 2018
    ACRATH Radio & Print Project ACRATH is running a campaign in several community languages across Australia to alert workers to action they can take if they are being seriously exploited at work. The Radio and Print Project (RAPP) is focussing on the Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese communities to support people who may not know what services are ...
  • Forced Marriage put on the Agenda in Toowoomba June 5, 2018
    Learning about this Assault on Human Dignity A series of events in Toowoomba has created awareness of the risk of forced marriage of young women and provided support for people in how best to respond. The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba organised the visit by Liz Payne, a forced marriage expert with ACRATH who facilitated the ...
  • ACRATH’s Thai Banquet May 3, 2018
    Event to Support the Goals of ACRATH At Seton Catholic College on Friday 6th, ACRATH members in Western Australia recently hosted a Thai banquet. The event held at Seton Catholic College was attended by 130 guests. Proceeds of the evening will be used to further ACRATH’s goal to eliminate all forms of human trafficking in sexual exploitation ...
  • ACRATH News May 2, 2018
    ACRATH Newsletter May 2018 The latest ACRATH Newsletter is now available. This issue focuses on Just Work, celebrations for the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita 2018, a counter trafficking working group starting in Melbourne and a fundraising event in Western Australia Download your copy here. If you would like to have the ACRATH Newsletter delivered to your ...
  • Suggested Action for the Month of May April 30, 2018
    You Too Have the Ability to End Slavery For the month of May the ACRATH calendar highlights the work done by ACRATH members in offering companionship to people who have been trafficked into Australia. Perhaps you are wondering what you can do to help. One simple action is to review whether your parish/school/workplace staffroom serves only ethically ...
  • Supporting Human Dignity April 27, 2018
    In Solidarity to Alleviate Poverty “I have come that all may have life and have it to the full.” ACRATH takes as its mission statement these words of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel. While people are living in poverty and unable to access their human rights they are unable to experience fullness of life. They are also ...
  • ACRATH Recognised for Catholic Social Innovation April 25, 2018
    Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis The largest humanitarian crisis on record is underway today – more people are displaced now than at any time in our history, with nearly 20 people displaced every minute. Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), the leading Catholic philanthropic network in the United States, has just completed a global ...
  • April Action to Eliminate Human Trafficking April 20, 2018
    ACRATH Calendar and Prayer Reflection for April During the month of April the ACRATH Calendar invites us to reflect on the face of human trafficking and slavery in Australia. While we are in the season of Easter the ACRATH prayer brochure encourages us to consider the words of Pope France: “It is not possible to remain indifferent ...
  • Resource for Parishes, schools & Community Groups April 20, 2018
    Helping to Eliminate Human Trafficking and Slavery Have you ever wondered what you can do to help in the fight against human trafficking and Slavery? ACRATH has developed a resource for Communities, Parishes, Schools and Social Justice groups. This resource will help groups and individuals to integrate into their yearly programs awareness raising, prayer and action to ...
  • Be the Voice of the Voiceless April 17, 2018
    Defend Victims of Modern Slavery While in Western Australia sharing some of his experiences of missionary work in Taiwan, Columban priest Fr Peter O’Neill SSC told his audience that the Church needs to “show the love of Christ towards migrants and defend those who are victims of human trafficking. We have to be the voice of ...
  • Enjoying Darrell Lea Chocolate April 16, 2018
    Thank You Darrell Lea When Victorian ACRATH members gathered recently for their monthly meeting they delighted in the recent announcement from Darrell Lea that they are committed to sourcing their cocoa from sustainable sources. ACRATH has been engaged in campaigning for this issue for many years. We strive to use our consumer choices to send a ...
  • Eliminate Slavery in Supply Chains April 11, 2018
    Br Shane cfc reflects on the ACRATH National Conference sessions about Supply Chain issues. ACRATH partners with other organisations advocating for slavery-free supply chains.
  • Thank You Darrell Lea April 8, 2018
    Commitment to use Sustainable Cocoa The news that the board of Darrell Lea unanimously voted to source  sustainable cocoa is cause for great joy and celebration. The company is now in the process of selecting a Certification Body and endeavouring to achieve 100% sustainable cocoa procurement within the next 12 months. In collaboration with STOP THE TRAFFIK, ACRATH ...
  • Eliminate Labour Exploitation March 27, 2018
    Working Group Prepares Recommendations The National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Labour Exploitation Working Group was set up in 2016 to develop recommendations for Government’s consideration on measures to address serious forms of labour exploitation in Australia. The group comprised representative of Government agencies and civil society. ACRATH was a member of this working group. Having considered ...
  • Sydney Teachers Learn to Combat Slavery March 19, 2018
    Human Trafficking In-Service Teachers from Catholic secondary schools will take an important step forward in the move to slavery-proof supply chains of goods and services in the Sydney Archdiocese. The teachers are participating in a human trafficking in-service run by ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). ACRATH president Sr Noelene Simmons sm will run the ...
  • Raise Awareness by Talking about Human Trafficking March 18, 2018
    In reflecting on her experience of being part of the 2018 ACRATH National Conference, Marinella highlights the importance of raising awareness about human trafficking, especially with those who may be in a position to do something about it.
  • Choose Slavery-Free this Easter March 14, 2018
    How Do I know Which Easter Egg to Purchase? For many years now ACRATH has joined with STOP THE TRAFFIK in asking chocolate companies to place certification labels on their products as a message to consumers that steps have been taken to address child labour and trafficking in their supply chains and for that certification to ...
  • ACRATH Conference Inspires Action March 14, 2018
    Planning On-Going Action The recent ACRATH National Conference held in Sydney had as its theme Working to Eliminate Human Trafficking: Reclaiming the Vision; Planning On-going Action. Participants appreciated the opportunity to deepen their understanding about issues such as Forced Marriage, Forced Labour and Slavery in Supply Chains, and to reflect on action that might be taken ...
  • Prevent Forced Marriage March 12, 2018
    After attending the 2018 ACRATH Conference session on Forced Marriage Fr Ray suggests a way to offer support to women who have been forced into a marriage or who may be fearful of this happening.
  • ACRATH Event in Western Australia March 12, 2018
    Thai Banquet ACRATH is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking and slavery in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and globally. Please join them for a Thai Banquet to raise funds to assist this work. 7pm | 6th April 2018 | Seton College Gymnasium Tickets can be obtained at https://www.trybooking.com/UKXX. Limited seats available at the door. For further ...
  • Celebrating International Womens Day March 8, 2018
    #PressforProgress International Womens Day is a significant event on the ACRATH calendar. On this day we join with others in pressing for progress. In the 2017 report of the UN Secretary General on the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, António Guterres indicated “gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities.” ACRATH ...
  • Learning About Forced Marriage March 7, 2018
    ? A member of ANZRATH (Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) was present at the ACRATH National Conference in February 2018. Sr Adrienne shared her thoughts following on from the session on forced marriage.
  • Working to Eliminate Human Trafficking February 28, 2018
    Reclaiming the Vision ACRATH members from across Australia have gathered in Baulkham Hills for their annual conference. The theme of the 2018 conference is working to Eliminate Human Trafficking: Reclaiming the Vision; Planning On-going Action. The conference opened with ACRATH President Sr Noelene Simmons delivering the ACRATH Annual Report. The remainder of the conference will focus ...
  • Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice February 21, 2018
    World Social Justice Day The United Nations General Assembly recognizes that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations and that it cannot be attained in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly ...
  • Greater Access to Support February 15, 2018
    Minister Announces  Enhanced Support for Victims of  Forced Marriage ACRATH is delighted with the news that, for a trial period of twelve months, victims of forced marriage in Australia will be able to access support from the Support for Trafficked People Program for 200 days (formerly only  90 days were possible). In making this announcement Assistant ...
  • Feastday Highlights Realities of Modern Slavery February 8, 2018
    Bishops and ACRATH Release Media Statement The Catholic Church in Australia and around the world will recommit to fighting slavery and human trafficking in the coming days as it celebrates the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Pope Francis, who has continued the papal tradition of clear denunciation of human trafficking and slavery, has designated February 8 as a day ...
  • Celebrate St Josephine Bakhita February 1, 2018
    World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking Communities throughout the world are preparing to celebrate the World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking which is held each year on 8th February, the feastday of St Josephine Bakhita. If you live in Sydney or Melbourne you might like to attend a Mass to celebrate and reflect on the ...
  • 2018 World Day of Prayer January 12, 2018
    Migration Without Trafficking The theme for the 2018 World Day of Prayer and Action Against Human Trafficking is Migration without Trafficking. The day is observed on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Josephine was sold into slavery as a very young child. After gaining her freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and ...
  • Hidden in Plain Sight December 11, 2017
    A Modern Slavery Act for Australia? Throughout 2017 the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade conducted an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act similar to the one in the UK. After receiving 225 submissions, holding 10 public hearing and extensive consultation with civil ...
  • We Are Part of the Problem November 29, 2017
     Buying Good and Services is a Moral Choice In an article recently written by ACRATH member Sr Margaret Ng, we are reminded that because of our consumer habits we are part of the problem when it comes to the existence of slavery in our world today. We are constantly demanding cheaper goods and service. She challenges us ...
  • NSW Inquiry into Human Trafficking October 30, 2017
    Report Tabled in NSW Parliament Throughout 2017 the NSW Government has been conducting an inquiry into human trafficking. Following a call for submissions, public hearings were conducted. On 19th October the Inquiry Committee tabled the report of its finding in the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament. A copy of the report along with submissions, transcripts of ...
  • 16Days October 28, 2017
    Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2017 is: Together we can end Gender Based Violence in Education The campaign looks at the ...
  • ACRATH News October 24, 2017
    ACRATH Newsletter October 2017 The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. This issue gives an update regarding the campaign for a Modern Slavery Act. ACRATH has been very active in this campaign. Join the Campaign You are invited to join with ACRATH in advocating for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Page 1 of the ACRATH ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2018 October 12, 2017
    2018 Calendars Now Available The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2018 edition continues to: promote awareness of human trafficking issues promote ACRATH and its work showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations, worldwide and within Australia fundraise for ACRATH’s work provide ...
  • Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism October 10, 2017
    Reviewing Australian Legislation The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism. In particular the inquiry is investigating the offence of Organ Trafficking under division 271 of the Criminal Code and whether it would be practicable or desirable for: this offence to have extraterritorial application; and Australia ...
  • Making a Difference September 23, 2017
    Iona Presentation College Supports ACRATH Iona Presentation College recently celebrated MAD (Making a Difference) Week, an initiative introduced by the Student Leadership Council (SLC) to promote ways that the Iona girls can get involved in helping others less fortunate than themselves. The college’s core value for 2017 was Social Justice and MAD week was centred on this ...
  • Team ACRATH 2017 in Canberra September 15, 2017
    58 Meetings held in 4 Days An energetic team of 8 ACRATH members recently walked the Halls of Parliament. during their meetings with members of Parliament they raised issued concerning forced marriage, a modern slavery act for Australia and funding for Anti human trafficking NGOs. The ACRATH team was heartened by the level of engagement they ...
  • ACRATH in Parliament September 3, 2017
    Speaking for the Vulnerable ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) members from WA, NSW and Victoria, will walk the halls of Parliament House for four days this week (September 4-7), urging MPs to do more to combat human trafficking in Australia. It is the 12th year the ACRATH members have taken the case to politicians ...
  • Breaking the Bonds of Human Trafficking and Slavery August 25, 2017
    Faith Groups lead the Fight Many people think that slavery is a thing of the past. Sadly this is not so. Faith groups in Australia have taken up the challenge to fight against human trafficking and slavery and to reach out to those who have been affected by this crime. A recent article written by Siobhan ...
  • Modern Slavery and Global Supply Chains August 25, 2017
    Government Committee Releases Interim Report Having received submission and held a number of public hearings the interim report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia has been released this week. The report recommends that the Australian Government consider in-principle support for the development of a Modern ...
  • Businesses to Report Slavery in Supply Chains August 16, 2017
    Proposed New Legislation The Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has announced that legislation will be introduced into Parliament requiring large Australian companies to report annually on measures they are taking to combat modern slavery in their supply chains. In the media statement Minister Keenan states: “The proposed reporting requirement will ensure large businesses and other entities ...
  • ACRATH Advocates for Modern Slavery Act August 2, 2017
    Public Hearing in Melbourne The Federal Government Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act. To provide a submission for this inquiry ACRATH partnered with The Freedom Partnership, the Justice and International Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia Victoria and Tasmania ...
  • Minister Announces Anti-Trafficking Funding July 30, 2017
     Marking the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons In a media release to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has announced the Federal Government is committing “$500,000 to four Australian Civil Society organisations for projects to prevent and deter these deplorable crimes. The specialist organisations include the Salvation Army, ...
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 29, 2017
    Join the Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking The United Nations has declared 30th July to be the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. To mark this day Talitha Kum (International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons) has released a declaration. Down load the Talitha Kum declaration here. ACRATH is a member of Taitha Kum. We urge ...
  • ACRATH National Committee July 24, 2017
    ACRATH Committee Meets in Melbourne For two days in July the ACRATH National Committee met in Melbourne. With gratitude for the past and hope in the future set the atmosphere for the two day meeting. As June 30, 2017 had marked the end of a three year strategic plan the meeting provided an opportunity to reflect ...
  • Human Trafficking, Slavery and Slavery-like Practices Inquiry July 24, 2017
    Law Enforcement Committee Releases Report In December 2015, the Parliament of Australia Joint Committee on Law Enforcement initiated an inquiry into human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. Having received submission and conducted public hearings in Sydney Melbourne and Canberra the Committee has released a report on their finding. The report contains 20 recommendations. ACRATH wrote a submission ...
  • ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign July 9, 2017
    ACRATH Needs your Help ACRATH has launched a fundraising campaign following the end of Federal Government funding on June 30 2017.  While ACRATH, and several other organisations, have been invited to apply for funding as part of a competitive grants program, we have no guarantee of success. ACRATH needs to secure funding now and so we have ...
  • Big Picture, Big Task July 5, 2017
    Ending Slavery Slavery is the world’s second largest fastest growing illegal crime and it touches us every day – through food we eat, clothes we wear and products we purchase. There is a global movement to end it. International advocate against slavery, Matt Friedman, is coming to Australia and will speak on the breadth and range of human ...
  • Remembering Susan Newland June 17, 2017
    A Women of Integrity, Vitality and Sensitivity Susan Newland was a member of ACRATH SA since 2013. In her capacity as Director of the Archdiocesan Resource and Information Centre she actively promoted the work of ACRATH with the Archbishop and  through the Catholic Education Office, the Archdiocesan Office, and Catholic Media. A high point of her ...
  • ACRATH News June 17, 2017
    ACRATH Newsletter June 2017 The latest edition of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. Articles in this newsletter tell of the ACRATH National Conference, the World Day of Prayer in the Parramatta Diocese, Slavery Free Chocolate, the Modern Slavery Inquiry and a Forced Marriage Workshop in Perth. Details of the ACRATH Fund Raising Appeal are also ...
  • Groundbreaking Anti-Slavery Project June 8, 2017
    A First for Australia’s Health Care Sector Australia’s leading anti-human trafficking group and a major health and aged care provider have joined forces in a groundbreaking effort to change the way hospitals treat trafficked people and how to ‘slavery proof’ the goods and services they use. ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and St Vincent’s ...
  • UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner in Australia June 6, 2017
    ACRATH Members Meet Commissioner Hyland The Australian Freedom Network recently hosted an afternoon at Parliament House in Sydney with Kevin Hyland, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. ACRATH members in Sydney were delighted to be present to hear of the UK experience since the enactment in 2015 of the Modern Slavery Act. Currently in Australia the Commonwealth Government is conducting ...
  • An Interview with Sr Margaret May 29, 2017
    https://youtu.be/EeYRpxFlSdA Sr Margaret Ng rsj is the current NSW Coordinator of ACRATH. In this clip she is interviewed about her anti-trafficking work.
  • Q & A with ACRATH President May 25, 2017
    Global Sisters Report Global Sisters Report is an independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons, was recently interviewed about ACRATH’s efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking, to work against this heinous crime and their advocacy on behalf of people ...
  • Speaking on Behalf of Trafficked Women May 21, 2017
    2017 One Heart Many Voices Catholic Mission Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTyS3aQs6ZM Marietta Latonio is a social worker who lives and works in Cebu, Philippines and is a long time friend of ACRATH. She attended the 2017 One Heart Many Voices Catholic Mission Conference in Sydney recently to speak on behalf of women in Cebu who have been trafficked into sexual exploitation ...
  • Best Practice to Combat Forced Marriage May 16, 2017
    Exchanging Knowledge, Building Relationships ACRATH joined three other Australian organisations for a forced marriage fact finding mission and information exchange to Jakarta recently. A focus of the two-day event was how to reduce child and forced marriage in Indonesia and Australia. Participants also explored many of the cultural and religious practices driving forced marriage. The April event ...
  • ACRATH at Public Hearing into Human Trafficking May 9, 2017
    Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Listens to Evidence from NGOs On Thursday 4th May 2017 ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, gave evidence at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Inquiry into Human Trafficking. The Joint Standing Committee on Law Enforcement is conducting this inquiry which is looking at: the prevalence of human trafficking in Australia, including in culturally and linguistically diverse communities; the ...
  • Interview at 2017 ACRATH Conference April 29, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5BJ2mBW-ZA Umes, a participant at the 2017 ACRATH National Conference, explains how human trafficking differs in Australia and Nepal.
  • The Problem with Chocolate April 15, 2017
    Sr Sarah Puls speaks about Slavery in the Cocoa Industry In a recent interview aired on ABC Radio National ACRATH member, Sr Sarah Puls sgs, spoke on the link between chocolate and child slavery. Sarah explained that most of the chocolate we eat in Australia comes from West Africa. People in this area are at risk of exploitation because ...
  • Commitment to Fight Against Human Trafficking March 31, 2017
    Change can Happen Newly elected ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons sm, believes that when people work together change can happen. “It doesn’t matter how small your action is; just do it and tell others about it. Just take one step to counter human trafficking and change will happen.” Human trafficking is an enormous global tragedy and, sadly, ...
  • UNANIMA International’s 2017 Woman of Courage March 28, 2017
    Congratulations Marietta Latonio ACRATH is pleased to congratulate Marietta Latonia on being named UNANIMA International’s 2017 Woman of Courage. Marietta Latonio is a social worker who lives and works in Cebu, Philippines. She has been the director of many welfare programs; led implementation of community-based programs for more than 20 years; worked for many NGOs focused ...
  • What comes First? the Child or the Egg March 22, 2017
    Your Choice is Your Voice STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of NGOs working against human trafficking and slavery. ACRATH is an active member of this coalition. For ten years STOP THE TRAFFIK has been asking chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the ...
  • #BeBoldForChange March 8, 2017
    International Women’s Day 2017 The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. This day invites us to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in taking steps to promote gender parity. Did you know that according to the UNODC 2016 Global Trafficking in Person Report 71% of all trafficking victims are women or ...
  • Slavery-free Easter February 28, 2017
    Will Your Easter Eggs  Be Slavery-free? In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of ...
  • ACRATH Acknowledges Sr Anne Tormey rsm February 27, 2017
    Thank You for Your Commitment and Vision At the recent ACRATH National Conference, Sr Anne Tormey rsm (on right in photo) stepped down as President of ACRATH. In thanking Anne for her three years of leadership, Carmel Heagerty rsm reflected: Anne gifted us with: her capacity to listen, even when many wanted their voices heard at National Committee ...
  • Sister of Mercy to Take Up UN Role February 24, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHt7ZfAxctU Congratulations to Sr Angela Reed, an Australian Sister of Mercy and Member of ACRATH. On 1st March Angela will take up her new role as MIA (Mercy International Association) Global Action Coordinator at the UN in New York. Angela is a graduate of RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Melbourne, Australia, where ...
  • Reflecting on the 2017 ACRATH Conference February 19, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcijZGaZiCw Having attended her first ACRATH Conference Sr Elizabeth Young rsm shares some thoughts on the experience.
  • ANZRATH at ACRATH Conference February 19, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5I7PS29Okc ACRATH members were delighted to welcome Sr Margaret Vaney sm to the ACRATH conference in Sydney recently. In this interview Sr Margaret explains the work she is doing as a member of ANZRATH (Aotearoa-New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) in New Zealand.
  • Human Trafficking – Its Reality and Consequences February 8, 2017
    World Day of Prayer Media Release The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and ACRATH have released a media statement for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking which is held each year on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. “On the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita today, 8 February, bishops and religious ...
  • Human Trafficking And Slavery January 19, 2017
    A Response From Australian Catholics On the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking join Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta Diocese, and Sr Noelene Simmons sm, NSW Regional Co-ordinator of ACRATH to learn what you can do to work against human trafficking and Slavery. The World Day of Prayer is ...
  • 2016 World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking January 13, 2017
    Be Inspired by St Josephine Bakhita and Help Combat Human Trafficking Australians are being urged to become more aware of the extent of human trafficking and slavery in this country and to respond to Pope Francis’ call to join with the global community in ending the injustice against so many people, particularly children. Pope Francis has designated ...
  • Reframing Human Trafficking January 7, 2017
    Sr Angela Reed at Notre Dame University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLhc-WzIYa8&feature=youtu.be Sr. Angela Reed RSM, a member of ACRATH, is currently currently acting-coordinator of Mercy Global Action at the UN.She recently spoke at the Notre Dame Law School explaining how her research findings subvert stereotypes of a homogenous sex trafficking experience and point to the need for a life course, ...
  • ACRATH News December 14, 2016
    ACRATH Newsletter December 2016 The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. It  includes information about recent and upcoming events including: Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics – The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery. Bakhita Day 8 ...
  • 8th Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery December 5, 2016
    Government Collaboration with Civil Society ACRATH participated in the 8th National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery held in Parliament House Canberra on Monday 28th November. Convened by the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and  Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, the meeting was attended by government agencies, civil ...
  • Learning About Human Trafficking November 17, 2016
    Training Day for Teachers 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 ...
  • Human Trafficking and Slavery November 15, 2016
    ACSJC and ACRATH announce a new paper on human trafficking The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery. ‘Human trafficking and similar forms of exploitation affect every country on earth. They flourish because of society’s greed for cheap goods and services and ...
  • ACRATH Members Learn of United Nations Mechanisms November 10, 2016
    Franciscans International Training Day Mr Budi Tjahjono, Asia Pacific Coordinator for Franciscans International (FI), facilitated a training day in which participants learnt about the United Nations Mechanisms on Human Rights, including the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review and the Human Rights Treaty Bodies. Seven NSW ACRATH members were in attendance. Following on from Budi’s excellent presentation participants were able to ...
  • Motion to Provide Forced Marriage Awareness Raising November 9, 2016
    Work of ACRATH Supported Mr Graham Perrett MP, ALP Member for the Federal electorate of Moreton put forth a motion in the House of Representatives on Monday 7th November calling on the Federal Government to “immediately renew funding to further provide awareness of child marriage and forced marriage in Australian schools and the broader community.” In ...
  • Trafficking Victims Need Compensation October 25, 2016
    Compensation is a Right not a Privilege Human trafficking and slavery happens here in Australia. People are being exploited and controlled in situations of  servitude, forced labour, deceptive recruiting for labour services, forced marriage and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a heinous crime that violates a person’s human rights.  Human trafficking is a federal crime. To empower ...
  • 16Days October 10, 2016
    Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The campaign looks at the different forms of violence that women and girls face. The theme this year is, ‘From peace ...
  • Sr Mary Mercer rsj October 4, 2016
    Woman of Faith & Graciousness, True Follower of St Mary Mackillop St Ignatius Church in Norwood, Adelaide, was filled to capacity with people of all ages for the requiem Mass for Sr Mary Mercer on Tuesday 4 th October. Members of ACRATH SA were among this gathering of people whose lives Mary had touched and who were ...
  • Calendars September 29, 2016
    2017 ACRATH Calendars The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015 created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2017 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations, worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s work Provide some ...
  • ACRATH Advocacy Report September 23, 2016
    2016 Visit to Federal Parliament The latest issue of ACRATH News provides a report on ACRATH’s recent visit to Federal Parliament. Over a four day period ACRATH met with 51 Members of Parliament, including 4 meetings with Ministers and Ministerial advisors. The MPs were from the Government, the Opposition and the Crossbench; they were from both the House of ...
  • 2016 Advocacy Visit to Federal Parliament September 18, 2016
    Speaking on Behalf of People Who Have Been Trafficked During the week beginning Monday 12th September, twelve members of ACRATH met with members of Federal Parliament to advocate on behalf of those who have been trafficked into Australia. ACRATH asked for measures to be put in place to protect the human rights of overseas workers brought to Australia ...
  • Advocating in Federal Parliament September 6, 2016
    Being a Voice for People Who Have Been Trafficked ACRATH’s annual visit to Federal Parliament will take place during September. ACRATH members will gather in Canberra on 11th for briefing sessions before descending on the halls of Parliament on Monday 12th September. During our visit we will acknowledge the bipartisan support that exists for this issue and ...
  • My Rights – My Future: forced marraige September 6, 2016
    New Learning & Teaching Resource A new learning and teaching resource relating to forced marriage has been made available on the mybluesky website: https://www.mybluesky.org.au/learn-more/resources/ My Rights – My Future forced marriage A Kit of Learning and Teaching Materials and support documents for Australian Secondary Schools: Issued April 2016 Together with nine pilot schools, and numerous government and non-government organisations, ACRATH  (Australian ...
  • Students Respond to ACRATH Spirit September 2, 2016
    Desire to Promote a More Just Society ACRATH member, Sr Joan Kennedy PBVM, gave a presentation on ACRATH’s advocacy work to a group of Year 11 & 12 students at Avila College in Mt Waverley, Victoria. The young women pictured were mid way through the ACRATH produced lessons, as part of their studies in the subject ‘Society and Religion’. ...
  • ACRATH Attends Anti-Human Trafficking Events August 15, 2016
    Advocating for People Trafficked into Australia ACRATH Members were present on 4 August at the Australian Government event to mark World Day Against Human Trafficking. The theme of the events was ‘How can government, civil society and the private sector work together to more effectively combat human trafficking?’ Chaired by Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking, HE Andrew ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter August 2, 2016
    Latest ACRATH News Once again the ARATH Newsletter highlights the many activities ACRATH members have been engaged in across Australia during recent months. Read about human trafficking awareness raising events in Western Australia, Music for Freedom in NSW, engagement with Australian Catholic University students, a religious education conference in Melbourne and a forced marriage awareness raising and education ...
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2016
    Raising Awareness and Protecting the Rights of those Who Have Been Trafficked In 2014 the United Nations General Assembly designated 30th July to be the World Day against Trafficking in Persons aware of the need for “raising awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Human trafficking is a ...
  • Talitha Kum June 2, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp3WZTs-5q0 Talitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons. Talitha Kum is an expression found in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 5, verse 41. The words, translated from the Aramaic mean: “little girl, I say to you, stand-up”. The expression “Talitha Kum – arise” has the transformative power of compassion and mercy, which ...
  • Preventing Exploitation of Migrant Workers May 19, 2016
    Working to Inform Workers of their Rights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwZZR-3y9_Y ACRATH members in Bundaberg are working to ensure that migrant workers in the area are informed of their rights as workers. There hope is to prevent migrant workers know who they can turn to for support so that they can avoid being exploited and avoid situation of forced labour.
  • Music for Freedom May 18, 2016
    Students Donate Their Time to Promote Freedom Music for Freedom, held in Strathfield on 14th May, was opened by Jodi McKay MP, the member for Strathfield, and compared by John Cleary from ABC Radio. The event was held to raise awareness about the existence of human trafficking and slavery in our world and to raise funds to ...
  • ACRATH Campaigning in Adelaide April 30, 2016
    Young People Visiting Supermarkets and Dessert Bars https://youtu.be/Fd2vCP9jr8c Young ACRATH member, Francesca, tells of young people in Adelaide raising awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry. They have been encouraging supermarkets and dessert bars to sell chocolate produced with Fairtrade cocoa.
  • ACRATH Newsletter April 26, 2016
    Latest ACRATH News The latest edition of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. Read about the activities ACRATH has been involved in during the first four months of this year. The Newsletter includes articles on ACRATH meetings in Canberra, Slavery Free Chocolate Easter Campaign, Visa News, ACRATH Calendar, The 2016 ACRATH National Conference, the Australian Freedom ...
  • Loreto Sisters at the UN April 18, 2016
    Prevent Human Trafficking The Loreto Sisters (IBVM) have devoted the latest issue of IBVM at the United Nations to the issue of Human Trafficking.  The Newsletter shares stories of awareness raising, advocacy, prayer and direct attention to victims. It includes articles about how parish interfaith groups can work to eliminate human trafficking, human trafficking and forced labour in supply ...
  • International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery March 24, 2016
    Australia’s Commitment to Being a Regional Leader Australia’s International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery was launched in Bali on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The documents states: “To better realise the vision of Australia as a regional leader in combating human trafficking and slavery, this strategy will amplify the impact of Australia’s international efforts by: 1. setting strategic priorities for our ...
  • Celebrating International Womens’ Day in Canberra March 24, 2016
    ACRATH Member Speaks of Human Trafficking To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day the Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, in Canberra, hosted a Women’s Breakfast event at which Sr Genny Ryan OSU was asked to speak about the work of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). Approximately 35 women attended this event.  ...
  • Talitha Kum Declaration March 22, 2016
    Networking Against Human Trafficking Talitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons. ACRATH is a member of the Talitha Kum network. Working as a network facilitates collaboration and the interchange of information between consecrated men and women in 70 countries. Talita Kum is an expression that is found in the Gospel ...
  • Human Rights-Life Course Five Point Framework To Address Human Trafficking March 6, 2016
    Sr Angela Reed rsm Speaks at the Special High Level Event at the UN Sister of Mercy and member of ACRATH, Sr Angela Reed, is currently in residence at the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Global Action Office at the UN in New York. She recently made an oral intervention at the Special High Level Event at the ...
  • Seeking the End of the Line for Human Trafficking March 4, 2016
    Encourage the Government to Act Human trafficking and forced labour occurs in industries in Australia such as construction, the meat industry, manufacturing, hospitality and people who are forced to live-in as house keepers. Goods imported from overseas can be tainted by forced labour, human trafficking and slavery. People coming to work in Australia from overseas expect ...
  • NO to Exploitation, YES to Dignity February 23, 2016
    2016 ACRATH National Conference ACRATH members from around Australia gathered in Sydney 16-18 February for the ACRATH National Conference. The theme of the conference was NO to Exploitation, YES to DignitySr Anne Tormey rsm, President of ACRATH, opened the conference with a reflection on the Year of Mercy and the presentation of her annual report. Understanding and ...
  • Speaking About Modern Day Slavery December 7, 2015
    ABC Radio – Sunday Nights with John Cleary John Cleary, host of Sunday Nights, ABC Local Radio’s weekly national program that opens up conversations on important issues concerning religion, spirituality, ethics and values, invited four guests to speak on modern day slavery following on from the launch of the Australian Freedom Network in Canberra on 2nd December. ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2016 November 30, 2015
    Anti-Trafficking Resource Calendar 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 ...
  • Freedom Award for Sr Maree Marsh csb November 8, 2015
    Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards 2015 Congratulations to ACRATH member Sr Maree Marsh csb who has been awarded a 2015 Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. The Anti-Slavery Freedom Awards recognise  the outstanding work and contributions of individuals and organisations for initiatives against slavery and slavery-like practices including forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking .Maree’s award acknowledged the ...
  • ACRATH Member at UNANIMA International November 3, 2015
    Beginning Internship at UNANIMA Having recently begun her experience as an intern at UNANIMA International ACRATH member, Susan Newland, was asked to introduce herself in the UNANIMA International Newsletter. She wrote: “‘In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.’ (This comment written by ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2016 October 29, 2015
    Support the Work of ACRATH The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2016 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s ...
  • Vale Pauline Coll sgs, AOM October 11, 2015
    A Passion for Justice and the Promotion of Human Rights ACRATH members mourn the loss of Good Samaritan Sister, Pauline Coll, co-founder of ACRATH. Pauline, a true Good Samaritan woman, recognised the unmet needs of vulnerable people being trafficked into Australia, and determined to address these.  Pauline had a passion for justice and the promotion of human ...
  • ACRATH Education Resource October 5, 2015
    Training Day for Secondary Teachers On 4th Sept.2015, the Education Committee of the Victorian Region of ACRATH led by Ms Anne Walsh held a Training Day for senior secondary teachers on the Education Program as found on the website. We were fortunate to be sponsored and financially supported by the Melbourne Catholic Education Office without which ...
  • Speaking Up about Forced Marriage September 20, 2015
    Jasvinder Sanghera to Visit Australia ACRATH is pleased to be supporting the visit of Jasvinder Sanghera, a forced marriage survivor and an internationally renowned author and activist. For the first time in Australia, Jasvinder will share her life story and help break the silence on violence against women. Join an event from from 6-8pm for drinks, canapés and a conversation that matters. Tickets ...
  • Canberra Advocacy Report September 18, 2015
    ACRATH Newsletter September 2015 Eleven ACRATH advocates were in Canberra for advocacy from 06 to 11 September. During the visit ACRATH was able to acknowledge the recent positive changes to the Human Trafficking Visa Framework and the establishment of the Supply Chains Working Group of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. The two main advocacy points for this ...
  • The Voices of Trafficked Women September 16, 2015
    Listening, Relating, Responding Sister of Mercy and ACRATH Member, Angela Reed rsm, has given a human face to victims of sex trafficking in the Philippines, the country where she chose to do her Ph D research, aided by her bi-lingual Filipina assistant, social worker and university lecturer Marietta (Mayet) Latonio. Through her research she explored the complex ...
  • Successful ACRATH Concert in WA September 6, 2015
    Audience Well Entertained A fundraising concert organised by Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in WA recently raised more than $4000. The concert was held at the Loreto Nedlands Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, 30 August, and was attended by more than 200 people. The funds raised will go towards supporting victims of trafficking, raising further ...
  • ACRATH to Advocate in Federal Parliament September 4, 2015
    Forced Marriage and Forced Labour Issues Beginning on Monday 7th September ten ACRATH members will begin their annual week of advocacy in Federal Parliament.  During their time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Ministerial advisors, Departmental staff and Embassy staff. ACRATH will acknowledge the work of the Australian Government in reviewing the Human ...
  • Hair Stylists Support Survivors of Human Trafficking August 31, 2015
    ACRATH Involved in Style for Life Day On Sunday 26 July, ABC 774 Melbourne and radio announcer Libbi Gore presented the Great Broadcast and Blow-dry live from a Hair Salon in Point Cook, Victoria. The radio segment was in support of the Style for Life Day; a campaign in which hair salons all over Australia donated their time to ...
  • I HAVE A VOICE: Trafficked Women in Their Own Words August 28, 2015
    Ground-breaking Book on Trafficking Launched A ground-breaking book, focussing on the lives of 40 trafficked women in the Philippines and the sinister and structural oppression of young women on which the sex trade thrives has been launched. The book, by Sister of Mercy Angela Reed PhD, overturns the popular and sensationalised image of trafficking as a ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter August 2015 August 23, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News Read about ACRATH’s recent activities in the August 2015 ACRATH Newsletter.  Articles include the Forced Marriage Project, advocacy regarding forced labour, an update on the recent Attorney-General’s Department Grant to ACRATH, and many others. Download your copy of the Newsletter here.
  • Help Stop Human Trafficking Concert August 20, 2015
     ACRATH Fundraiser in Western Australia You can be entertained and help stop Human Trafficking at the same time.  Come along to the Help Stop Human Trafficking Fundraising Concert on Sunday 30th August at the Loreto Nedlands Performing Arts Centre, 69 Webster Street Nedlands. Be seated at 2pm for a 2.15pm start. Artists for the afternoon include Terry Burridge, ...
  • ACRATH Participates in Veritas Youth Festival July 26, 2015
    Engaging with Young People to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking ACRATH was recently invited to have a stall at the inaugural Veritas Youth Festival in July at Santa Maria College, Perth. The festival was an initiative of the Catholic Youth Network, a collection of youth agencies, communities and movements across the Perth Archdiocese. Over 400 young people attended ...
  • Teaching Resource on Fair Trade July 16, 2015
    Year 9 Geography at Kildare College Year 9 Kildare College students have been studying the impact Fair Trade can have on people in developing countries; in particular they explored what this means for the cocoa farmers around the world. During the unit students were posed the question ’Should supermarkets stock only Fair Trade chocolate?’ The classes created ...
  • Involving Migrant Chaplains June 18, 2015
    Raising Awareness in Queensland QLD ACRATH was recently invited to give a presentation on human trafficking to the Migrant Chaplains of Brisbane.  There were about 20 chaplains representing different migrant groups including: Sudanese; Chinese; Vietnamese; Indonesian; East Timorese; and Latin American.  The invitation came about through contacts Rosie Hoban, ACRATH RAP co-ordinator,  made in Brisbane. The ACRATH ...
  • Professional Development for Teachers June 8, 2015
    Human Trafficking in the Curriculum The ACRATH Victorian Education Committee has organised a Professional Development Day for Teachers in Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools on Friday, 4 September 2015. The Catholic Education Office Melbourne has generously agreed to sponsor this day which will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre (CLC), Corner Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street, ...
  • Australian Visa Reforms Welcome May 27, 2015
    New Visa Framework for People Trafficked into Australia In a media release on Wed 27 May 2015  two federal government Ministers announced visa changes for people trafficked into Australia. The changes address concerns we in ACRATH have raised with the federal government over and over again during the past 6 years. I just want to acknowledge the ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter May 2015 May 13, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News The May 2015 issue of ACRATH News is now available.  It reports on experiences of networking in Rome, the 2015 Easter campaign and current advocacy issues.  An update on the government funded Forced Marriage Project is given. Liz Payne, the new employed Forced Marriage Project Worker, is also introduced. To find out more about ACRATH’s ...
  • Advocating for Certified Easter Eggs March 26, 2015
    ACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK Collaborate for #Traffikfree Easter Over recent weeks many ACRATH members have been distributing postcards to Coles and Woolworths asking for them to increase their supply of certified Easter Eggs in 2016. We invite you to take the same message to the supermarkets. Your efforts could help to bring about an end ...
  • ACRATH in Karratha March 20, 2015
    Raising Awareness in the Karratha Community West Australian ACRATH member Brianna Lee has been busy raising awareness about human trafficking in Karratha. Concerned community members had raised concerns about human trafficking and so one of their group set about organising a number of workshops and a display.  Brianna was delighted to be invited to present at ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2015 March 16, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter provides a summary of the 2015 ACRATH National Conference.  The Conference was an opportunity for ACRATH members to reflect on the global context in which they work and a time to reflect on the ten year history of ACRATH.  Sr Angela Reed presented on her recently completed PhD thesis, Exploiting Vulnerability: ...
  • ACRATH National Conference 2015 March 10, 2015
    Global Learnings Impact on the Australian Reality The 2015 ACRATH National Conference took place in Melbourne 25-26 February. The conference opened with a welcome to all to participants, an Acknowledgment of the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the conference was held and the presentation of the ACRATH President’s report by Sr Anne Tormey sm. ...
  • ACRATH Celebrates 10 Years February 26, 2015
    Looking Back to Look Forward ACRATH members gathered in Melbourne for their National Conference took time to celebrate the work of ACRATH over the last ten year.  Three founding members of ACRATH, Srs Margaret Ng rsj, Tania De Jong rgs and Louise Cleary csb, were present at the conference and shared their memories of the beginnings of ACRATH. ...
  • One In A Thousand Stories February 25, 2015
    Creative Response to Human Trafficking and Forced Labour One In A Thousand Stories is Brother David O’Brien’s creative response to human trafficking and forced labour. This 20-page booklet brings together his tapestries, his words, facts and figures and the thoughtful and sometimes challenging words of others working in the area. Brother David, a Salesian Brother, decided to ...
  • Women’s Voices Heard in Sex Trafficking Research February 23, 2015
    Research by ACRATH Member Sr Angela Reed rsm Sister of Mercy Angela Reed thought she knew a lot about human trafficking when she managed Mercy Care refuge for six years from 2001. She suspected that some of the women had been trafficked into Australia; now she is certain.  In the past decade, while researching and writing ...
  • Is your Easter Egg TraffikFree February 16, 2015
    Help Eliminate Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry Easter is a time of year when a huge amount of chocolate is sold and eaten all around the world. The shocking truth is that children as young as 10 are trafficked and exploited to create chocolate. This year join us as we campaign for #TRAFFIKFREE chocolate. Check out ...
  • Celebrating the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action February 11, 2015
    Events in Australia A number of events and publications have highlighted the first World day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking held on Sunday 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Activities included publications in diocesan and parish bulletins, prayers of the faithful at parish masses, talks given by ACRATH members and postings on ...
  • Make Easter Traffik Free in 2015 February 10, 2015
    Briefing Sessions ACRATH, as a coalition member of STOP THE TRAFFIK, is participating in the Make Easter Traffik Free in 2015 campaign.  Briefing sessions for those wishing to take part will be held over the coming weeks. To attend a session click on the appropriate link below. Adelaide 12 February Melbourne 17 February Canberra 19 February Brisbane 24 February Sydney 25 February Online ...
  • Call to Combat Human Trafficking February 5, 2015
    Reflection by Sr Anne Tormey RSM, President of ACRATH Sunday 8 February, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, marks the first World Day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking. An article in Mercy e-News by Sr Anne Tormey, a member of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea(ISMAPNG) and President of ACRATH, helps ...
  • Best Call to Action, Best Use of Social Media February 2, 2015
    2015 Restless Press Southern Cross Catholic Digital Media Awards               In the 2015 Inaugural Restless Press Southern Cross Catholic Digital Media Awards ACRATH was placed first in two sections. Best Call to Action and Best Use of Social Media. ACRATH is grateful to all who voted for us.  Thank you for your interest and support. Please continue visiting ...
  • Fight the Trade in Human Lives January 28, 2015
    Joint Statement from ACBC & ACRATH The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) and ACRATH have released a media statement for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.  In this statement Bishop Eugene Hurley, Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life said, ‘It is imperative that we begin a journey of personal change ...
  • Trafficking in the Tea Industry January 22, 2015
    Join the Campaign Everywhere around the world people drink tea. Tea is big business in India.Recent research has shown that the labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations of Assam, a north-eastern state of India, are fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to human trafficking. Men, women and children are being deceived with promises of a ...
  • World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking January 14, 2015
    Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, 8th February St Josephine Bakhita was born in Southern Sudan in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. She was treated brutally by her captors as she was sold and resold. She did not remember her name: Bakhita, which means “fortunate one,” was the name given ...
  • Ambassador to Holy See Visits ACRATH December 14, 2014
    Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG in Melbourne Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG, Australian Embassy to the Holy See, visited ACRATH at Albert Park, Melbourne on Friday 12 December 2014.   ACRATH members had the opportunity to share with him the organisation’s objectives and current activities.  The Ambassador responded by sharing with the group the ‘Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter December 2014 December 9, 2014
    Latest ACRATH News The December 2014 edition of ACRATH News outlines some of the activities ACRATH members have been involved in over recent months. Included are articles about the Radio and Print Awareness Project, the Supply Chain Working Group and the recent meeting of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. ACRATH would like to wish ...
  • National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery December 7, 2014
    ACRATH Members Present at Launch ACRATH members were present when the Australian Government recently launched two important documents – the National Action Plan to combat Human Trafficking and Slavery and the Forced Marriage Community Pack. In releasing the National Action Plan Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, said, “Now is the time for a new vision; one ...
  • ACRATH Member in Geraldton November 20, 2014
    Brianna Lee Speak on Human Trafficking Brianna Lee, a member of ACRATH and a PhD Law student at Murdoch University, has been researching human trafficking in Australia and Thailand over a number of years. She recently spent time in Geraldton where she spoke at an evening public forum, a morning breakfast with the Rotary Club of Gerladton ...
  • ACRATH at CSSA Leadership Forum November 6, 2014
    Human Trafficking in Australia and Advocacy ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, gave a presentation on human trafficking and modern day slavery at the Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) Leadership Forum held in October.  CSSA envisages a fairer, more inclusive Australian society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation of all people. During her presentation ...
  • Voices of Trafficked & Oppressed Women November 5, 2014
    G20 Prayer Vigils PRAYER and fasting has been called for as an act of solidarity with marginalised people around the world whose voices will not be heard in Brisbane’s G20 Leaders Summit on November 15 and 16. The call from Christian Church leaders comes in the midst of a series of prayer vigils around Brisbane churches ...
  • Your Voice Counts November 5, 2014
    End Trafficking in the Chocolate Industry Activists all over the world are continuing to raise their voices, together calling for an end to the use of trafficked child labour in the production of our favorite chocolate treats. The world’s largest chocolate companies have a vital role to play in ending this injustice. They must ensure that ...
  • Trading Lives October 31, 2014
    Government Responds to Human Trafficking and Slavery Report The Trading Lives: Modern Day Human Trafficking report resulted from an inquiry in human trafficking and slavery conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.  The Australian Government response to this report was table in Parliament on October 27th. ACRATH participated ...
  • International Day of the Girl Child 2014 October 11, 2014
    Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence In 2011, a United Nations resolution established 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.  The theme of this day for 2014 is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. ...
  • Advocate for Slavery-Free Easter Chocolate in 2015 October 6, 2014
    Write to Supermarkets Now You can help to reduce child slavery in the chocolate industry. Join with ACRATH and other organisations advocating for slavery-free Easter Eggs. Now is the time to write to supermarkets asking them to ensure they have adequate stocks of Easter eggs certified free of child slavery for Easter 2015. Download a sample letter ...
  • 2014 Canberra Advocacy September 30, 2014
    Seeking a Stronger Human Rights Response Fifteen ACRATH advocates were in Canberra from 22 to 25th November speaking on behalf of those who have been trafficked into Australia. During the four days ACRATH members met with 79 Members of Parliament and Advisors. They promoted a stronger rights based approach to support for people trafficked into Australia, a change ...
  • Protect People Trafficked into Australia September 21, 2014
    Join the Campaign The Salvation Army and ACRATH are currently advocating to prevent the passage of certain provisions in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendments (2014 Budget Measures) 2014 Bill No. 2, (Schedule 9). If passed, individuals under 30 applying for Special Benefit will become subject to a six month exclusion period. This includes victims of slavery ...
  • Advocating for the Rights of Trafficked People September 16, 2014
    ACRATH Members to Visit Federal Parliament Thirteen ACRATH members from around Australia will make their annual visit to Federal Parliament from 22-25 September 2014 in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. ACRATH has at least 54 meetings scheduled during this advocacy week. During our time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, ...
  • Journalist Wins Award with ACRATH Article September 6, 2014
    Congratulations to Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook Published in the Catholic Outlook November 2013 issue, Virginia Knight’s article Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans took out the award for Best Social Justice Coverage at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards for Excellence 2014.  The awards were presented by the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, at the ...
  • ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable August 5, 2014
    National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, convened the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery on Monday 14th July in Parliament House, Canberra.  Four government Ministers attended the meeting along with government agencies, non-government organisations and industry bodies. At the meeting Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, was able to raise some ...
  • Call to Honour Millenium Development Goal Commitments July 29, 2014
    ACRATH Concerned About Foreign Aid Cuts The 2014 Federal Budget outlined cuts to foreign aid.  ACRATH is deeply concerned about this decision.  Alleviating poverty is one means of reducing vulnerability to human trafficking.  We call on the Australian Government to reconsider the announced cuts to foreign aid. In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals called on developed countries ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter July 2014 July 19, 2014
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter outlines the activities ACRATH has been engaged in over recent months in order to raise awareness about human trafficking, to advocate on behalf of women, men and children who have been trafficked into Australia and to support those who have been trafficked as they try to recover from their ...
  • Slave Free Easter in 2015 July 9, 2014
    Now is the Time to Plan ACRATH would like to thank Aldi supermarkets and Haigh’s Chocolate for making it easier to purchase ethical Easter eggs in 2014.  Your sale of products which carry a certification label gives consumers confidence that the products they are buying do not have slavery in their supply chain. ACRATH now invites al  ...
  • Remembering Carol Hogan sss June 23, 2014
    A Serene, Cheerful and Generous Woman ACRATH members wish to pay tribute to Carol Hogan sss who died on Monday 2nd June.  Carol made a significant contribution to ACRATH through the person that she was, through her taking up of the role of Victorian co-ordinator and then National Secretary and through her encouragement of a group ...
  • Foreign Aid Cuts a National Disgrace May 23, 2014
    ACRATH Speaks Out Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Project C0-ordinator, has made the following comments about cuts to foreign aid announced in the 2014 Federal Budget.  ‘Our aid budget funds among other things access to clean drinking water, education programmes for girls, and counter human trafficking initiatives in our South-east Asian region. These are essentials for some of the ...
  • Survivor of Trafficking into Australia Dies May 23, 2014
    Ning’s Story ACRATH mourns the death of Ning on Friday 16 May 2014 after a long illness.  Ning had been trafficked into Australia as a 13 year old.  ACRATH remembers Ning as a young woman of great strength.  She agreed to testify against her traffickers in Thailand, who were convicted and served long prison sentences.  ACRATH ...
  • Freedom Partners May 9, 2014
    Safe House Partnership The May issue of Trafficking and Slavery Safe House acknowledges the partnership between the Josephite Counter Trafficking Project  and the Salvation Army.  Sr Margaret Ng and Sr Margaret Lergessner, who are also ACRATH members, have helped clients build a peer support network which is of invaluable benefit to Safe House clients.  Read more...
  • Fighting Against Human Trafficking April 24, 2014
    US State Department & US Catholic Bishops’ Conference Collaborate At the annual meeting of the US President’s Interagency Task Force To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons on 8th April 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that “the State Department is planning to work with the Conference of Catholic Bishops in order to map and ...
  • Giving a Voice to the Voiceless April 15, 2014
    Year 12 Student Supports the Work of ACRATH As part of her Yr 12 Religion Assessment at Penola College Broadmeadows,  Marie-Claire Charchar chose to investigate the work of ACRATH.  Prior to undertaking this assignment she had no idea that human trafficking occurred in Australia.  She writes, “I realised that the real issue is that the victims of ...
  • Celebrating with Ethical Easter Eggs April 4, 2014
    Well Done St Monica’s Epping Students at St Monica’s Epping in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, encouraged by their teacher, Fadi Elbarbar, responded very enthusiastically to a session on slavery free supply chains recently conducted by Joan Kennedy pbvm from ACRATH.  Large copies of the Slavery-Free Chocolate for Easter flyer were displayed in each classroom. This is St Monica’s ...
  • Ministerial Grant Acknowledges Work of ACRATH March 25, 2014
    Federal Grant Enhances Work of ACRATH ACRATH– Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – has just been advised that Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has approved funding for ACRATH of $360,000 over the next three years.   Minister Keenan wrote in a letter to ACRATH: “I recognise ACRATH’s valuable contribution to Australia’s response to ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2014 March 17, 2014
    Latest ACRATH News The March 2014  ACRATH Newsletter provides an update of various ACRATH activities including the National Conference and AGM which was held 27 February – 1 March.  ACRATH is currently involved with key campaigns addressing Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter and the Importation of Slavery Free Supply Goods. Download your copy of the ACRATH Newsletter here.
  • Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter March 7, 2014
    Buy Only Slavery-free Chocolate The Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter campaign was recently launched in Melbourne, Victoria, with students from St Bernard’s College, Essendon and Penleigh Essendon  Grammar School. Let us not forget that even our smallest actions have the capacity to impact on the lives of others.  The Slavery–free chocolate campaign is designed to free those children, ...
  • ACRATH Chairperson’s Report March 4, 2014
    “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Sr Maree Marsh csb, the outgoing Chair of ACRATH, recently delivered the ACRATH Annual Report to members gathered at the ACRATH National Conference.  Maree reported, “ACRATH activities taking place across Australia are as many as they are varied.  Education, awareness-raising, advocacy, personal ...
  • New President for ACRATH March 2, 2014
    Congratulations Sr Anne Tormey At the AGM held during the ACRATH Conference in Melbourne 27 February – 1 March, Sr Anne Tormey rsm was elected to the position of President of ACRATH.  Anne has been the Regional Coordinator of ACRATH in South Australia for the last three years.   She has had wide experience in administrative roles and ...
  • Be a Good Egg This Easter February 11, 2014
    Buy Slavery-Free Chocolate Presently children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked.  Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending ...
  • Campaign to Halt Forced Labour January 29, 2014
    Labour Trafficking Awareness Campaign Extended Australia’s Catholic anti-trafficking organisation has expanded its major labour trafficking awareness campaign through ethnic media outlets in a bid to reach people forced to work in Australia for little or no wages. The RAP (Radio Awareness Project) will now also target print media throughout 2014. The RAP campaign, funded by ACRATH (Australian ...
  • Congratulations Sr Pauline January 28, 2014
    Sr Pauline Coll Receives Australia Day Award Sr Pauline Coll sgs, a founding member of ACRATH, has been honoured with an Australia Day award.  She has been awarded an AM ( Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) for her significant service to the Catholic Church in Australia, and as an advocate for ...
  • Thank You Pacific Brands January 8, 2014
    Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord Signed 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 ...
  • OBE for CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK January 8, 2014
    Congratulations Ruth Dearnley ACRATH 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 ...
  • Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference December 11, 2013
    ACRATH Members Attend Asia Conference 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 ...
  • Advocacting in the Australian Parliament December 4, 2013
    ACRATH Raises Issues with Government From 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 ...
  • Thank You Rivers November 17, 2013
    Rivers Signs the Cotton Campaign Pledge It is with great delight that we announce that Australian owned company Rivers has signed the Cotton Campaign pledge. In signing the pledge they become the 140th label to do so. They are committing to working to ensure that forced child and adult labour does not find its way into their ...
  • First Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference November 7, 2013
    ACRATH Members to Attend Three ACRATH Members, Brianna Lee, Kathy Fagan and Noelene Simmons will attend the first Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference.  Talitha Kum was organized by the UISG (Union of International Superiors General) as an international network of religious against trafficking in persons. The Asian subgroup is having a conference to analyze the implementation of ...
  • Advocates Visit Mondelèz October 21, 2013
    When Will Toblerone be Child Slavery Free On Friday 18th October, Anti-Slavery Day, Peter Gilfedder,  Therese Power, Claire Griffin and Christine Carolan from the Victorian ACRATH group joined with a coalition of others to send a message to Mondelèz, one of the world’s biggest chocolate companies. Like other chocolate companies, they have known about child trafficking ...
  • 2013 Freedom Award October 20, 2013
    Anti-Slavery Freedom Award to ACRATH ACRATH was honoured at the 2013 Freedom Awards in Sydney. The Awards recognise organisations and individuals dedicated to anti trafficking initiatives in Australia. Deputy Opposition Leader, the Hon Tanya Plibersek presented the 2013 Awards. Ms Plibersek spoke of the big gains resulting from the work of so many people gathered at the University of ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter October 2013 October 15, 2013
    Latest ACRATH News ACRATH members continue to work with enthusiasm to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery in our world and to support those who have been trafficked and enslaved. The latest ACRATH News reports on a variety of activities including links with international initiatives, Music Against Child Labour, slavery free supply chains and ...
  • ACRATH Supports Australian Catholic Bishops’ Statement September 15, 2013
    The Fight Against World Poverty Conscious that the 2015 target date for the  Millenium Development Goals that were committed to by many nations, including Australia, is drawing near the Australian Catholic Bishops are urging Australians to confront the challenge of world poverty.  The Social Justice Statement 2013-2014 issued by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has as ...
  • ACRATH Members in USA September 4, 2013
    Conferences and Networking Sr Ann Laidlaw dc and Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Projects Coordinator, represented the Australian province at a Daughters of Charity anti trafficking conference in New York in the first week of August 2013. The Daughters of Charity work on trafficking in Australia is through their membership of ACRATH.  While in New York Ann ...
  • Invitation to Human Trafficking Forum August 26, 2013
    Trafficking in Australia? Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) invites you to attend a forum on Human Trafficking.  This is an opportunity to learn about modern day slavery.  Where does it happen? Why does it happen? What forms does it take? What is forced marriage? How does it affect us? There are two possible dates and venues.  Choose the one that best suits you.  For ...
  • Education Resource Now On-line July 30, 2013
    Resource for Secondary School Teachers The ACRATH Education Resource is now on-line. This educational resource has been prepared to assist  secondary school teachers in educating and raising consciousness about the issue of human trafficking. Developed as 4-step process for teaching about human trafficking: Introduction – Information – Recognition – Action, each step in the process is crucial and ...
  • ACRATH Education Resource Coming Soon July 21, 2013
    Resource Kit for Secondary Teachers An educational resource for secondary teachers has been developed by ACRATH Victoria.  The programme has been trialled by a group of teachers and students from Brigidine schools.  The feedback received from these teachers and students was most helpful in reviewing the resource.   ACRATH appreciates the support of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne ...
  • 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report July 2, 2013
    Less than 1,000 Days to Achieve 2015 Targets In releasing the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon indicated that the “MDGS have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.”  Among significant achievements is the fact that the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved.  However, 1.2 billion people ...
  • Get Involved, Spread the Word June 27, 2013
    Calling on Community Radio Stations Human trafficking, slavery and labour exploitation happens all over Australia, in our local communities.  The RAP is a project working to build awareness and provide information about human trafficking, via community service announcements (CSAs) on radio. Through the RAP project ACRATH aims to reach into local communities, particularly Cultural and Linguistically Diverse ...
  • Parliamentary Inquiry Report Acknowledges ACRATH June 27, 2013
    Trading Lives:  Modern-day Human Trafficking A report from an inquiry into slavery, slavery-like conditions and people trafficking conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade was tabled in Federal Parliament on Monday 24th June 2013.  In tabling the report entitled Trading Lives: Modern-day Human ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter June 2013 June 17, 2013
    Latest ACRATH News In the latest ACRATH Newsletter you can read about ACRATH’s participation in the Public Hearings on Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking recently conducted by the Parliamentary Human Rights Sub-Committee of DFAT.  The Newsletter also provides an update on the ACRATH Radio Awareness Project and about ACRATH member Lucy van Kessel’s work at ...
  • Congratulations to Merlyn Quaife June 11, 2013
    MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA ACRATH is delighted to congratulate Merlyn Quaife for being given the award of Member of the Order of Australian in the 2103 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  This award was bestowed on her in recognition of her significant service to music. Merlyn has been a regular performer at St Francis’ Church, Lonsdale ...
  • Public Hearing of the Parliamentary Human Rights Subcommittee May 30, 2013
    ACRATH Presentation On 8-9 May 2013 in Melbourne, the Parliamentary Human Rights Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade held a public hearing in Melbourne in connection with the inqury and report on slavery, slavery like conditions and people trafficking.  Fifty eight written submissions were received by the joint committee, and ACRATH, along with fifteen ...
  • Radio Awareness Project May 23, 2013
    The RAP Human trafficking, slavery, and labour exploitation happen in Australia, in our local communities.  As part of our ongoing work to end human slavery ACRATH has funded a Radio Awareness Project, The RAP. With generous support from Anti-Slavery Australia, The RAP has produced community service announcements for radio to build awareness and provide information about human ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter May 2013 May 11, 2013
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives an indication of some of the activities ACRATH members have been involved in so far in 2013.  Items include the ACRATH National Conference,  an advocacy visit to Canberra, new slavery legislation and the ACRATH RAP (Radio Awareness Program).  Readers are also invited to take part in a campaign ...
  • Advocacy Visit to the Australian Parliament March 25, 2013
    ACRATH Raises Concerns with Members of Parliament From 19-22nd March four ACRATH members took their concerns regarding the rights of those who have been trafficked into Australia to members of the Australian Parliament and departmental officers. During this time they were also able to attend a public hearing on the Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Inquiry ...
  • Commission on the Status of Women Session 57 March 21, 2013
    ACRATH Presence at CSW 57 ACRATH member, Sr Lucy Van Kessels reported on her experience of being in New York during the 57th Session of the Commission for the Status of Women: “During the recent Commission on the Status of Women 57 in New York at the United Nations a number of sessions were held on trafficking ...
  • No to People Trafficking. No to Slavery. March 8, 2013
    Prime Minister Gillard’s Announcement for International Women’s Day At an International Women’s Day Breakfast in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Act was signed into law by the Governor General on 7th March 2013.  She also indicated that Australia is  updating its National Action Plan to combat trafficking, ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Radio Awareness Project (RAP) March 5, 2013
    ACRATH Working with Local Ethnic Radio ACRATH launches Australia’s first mulit-language anti-trafficking radio awareness project in a bid to create awareness about the risk of sexual and labour exploitation in Victoria.  March 8th 2013 is International Women?s Day, a day to celebrate women and their contribution to our local and global community. Yet at a time of ...
  • Australian Senate Passes Slavery Bill February 27, 2013
    Forced Labour, Forced Marriage and Organ Trafficking Now Criminal Offences ACRATH has received with great joy the news that the Australian Senate today passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012.  ACRATH took part in the consultations that led to the drafting of this Bill and along with other NGOS such as ...
  • Forced Marriage & Labour Trafficking in Australia February 22, 2013
    ACRATH National Conference 2013 In Randwick on 19 February Catholic Religious and colleagues heard case studies of young Australian women forced into marriage in their parents’ home countries. They heard that new Australian legislation will criminalise forced marriage and empower the young women threatened with forced marriage. Speaking on this topic was Associate Professor of Law ...
  • Thank You Nestlé February 19, 2013
    Time to Celebrate ACRATH was delighted to receive the the media release from Nestlé Australia dated 19th February 2013 regarding the use of certified cocoa used in products produced in Australia.  The document states “Nestlé Australia announced today that every chocolate it sells is now independently certified to ensure the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on ...
  • ACRATH Member Working at the UN February 13, 2013
    Engaging with NGOs in the UN Lucy van Kessel, a Presentation Sister and a member of ACRATH in Western Australia, is working at the United Nations as an International Presentation Association (IPA) non-government organisation representative for six months from January to July 2013. During her time there Lucy will focus on programs and events organised by the UN ...
  • Fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking December 10, 2012
    ACRATH Delegates at National Roundatable ACRATH members, Christine Carolan and Margaret Ng, attended the fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking.  Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, convenor of the Roundtable, announced that there will be a revision of Australia’s national action plan to combat trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, such as forced marriage.  Consultation with stakeholders will take ...
  • ACRATH Member Receives Prime Minister’s Asia Award December 5, 2012
    Congratulations Brianna Western Australian ACRATH member Brianna Lee has been selected as one of 20 Australia postgraduate students to receive a 2013 Prime Minister’s Asia Award. Brianna is currently undertaking her Ph D investigating the barriers that victims of human trafficking face in accessing services in Australia. The Prime Minister’s Asia Award will allow Brianna to broaden ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter December 2012 November 29, 2012
    Latest ACRATH News The summer edition of ACRATH News was released this week.  Items of interest include:  a reminder to look for FairTrade Christmas gifts, human trafficking in New Zealand, a visit to the Australian Institute of Criminology, combating child sexual exploitation on-line, Freedom Sunday, campaigns and news from Western Australia and a prayer resource. Download your copy ...
  • ACRATH Responds to Inquiry November 12, 2012
    Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking The Human Rights Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recently called for submissions into an Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking.  ACRATH responded to this inquiry with a submission that acknowledged the work that has been done by the Australian ...
  • Researcher Urges Support for Trafficking Victims October 8, 2012
    Looking at Ways to Improve Support ACRATH member and University of Murdoch PhD student, Brianna Lee, is looking at ways to improve support for victims of human trafficking in Australia.  While the exploitation of illegal workers is often linked to the sex industry, recent reports from the Attorney-General’s Department and Australian Institute of Criminology have suggested it is ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter September 12, 2012
    Report on ACRATH’s 2012 Visit to Canberra Following on from their very successful visit to Federal Parliament ACRATH have released a Newsletter giving details of their visit.   The Newsletter includes references to ACRATH being acknowledged in Hansard during the lead up to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 passing through the House ...
  • ACRATH Canberra Advocacy Visit 2012 August 27, 2012
    Speaking for the Humans Rights of Trafficked People In the words of Martin Luther King “our lives begin to end the day we become silent on things that matter.”  These words were received by ACRATH in a letter of good wishes for the week of advocacy in Canberra from 19th – 23rd August 2012.  There is ...
  • Speaking for the Human Rights of Trafficked People August 15, 2012
    ACRATH Members head to Canberra A group of women religious from around Australia will make their sixth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. The fifteen women, Catholic sisters and their colleagues, are all members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). They will spend ...
  • ACRATH Supports Proposed Slavery Legislation Amendments June 18, 2012
    Christine Carolan Speaks on Proposed Legislation Christine Carolan is the national projects coordinator of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans(ACRATH).  She recently spoke with Katherine Spackman from ACL (Australian Christian Lobby) about new laws introduced by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon aimed at combating slavery-like practices including forced marriage and forced labour.  
  • ACRATH Newsletter June 2012 June 18, 2012
    Latest ACRATH News The latest issue of ACRATH News reports on a workshop organised by ACRATH Victoria entitled ‘Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Sex Trafficking’ which was led by Professor Bob Pease, Chair of Social Work at Deakin University.  Other articles include Building on Asia-Pacific Networks and Fairtrade Update. Download a copy of the newsletter ...
  • Fortune My Foe May 22, 2012
    Merlyn Quaife Supports the Work of ACRATH Merlyn Quaife is a distinguished soprano and performer of great versatility encompassing opera, lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim throughout Australia, Europe and the USA.  Fortune My Foe, a superb song cycle by Roger Heagney, sets the poetry of Graeme Ellis to music. Soprano Merlyn Quaife is ...
  • It Doesn’t Happen in Australia May 12, 2012
    Public Meetings on Human Trafficking Stop The Traffik coalition, of which ACRATH is a founding member, is organising this public meeting to hear what is being done in Australia to eliminate human trafficking. The Salvation Army in Sydney has been working with people who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia. Some of these people will be ...
  • Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Sex Trafficking April 12, 2012
    What Role do Women/Girls and Men/Boys Play in the Process Professor Bob Pease, School of Heath and Social Development at Deakin University, will be the presenter at a seminar entitled “Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Trafficking.  The seminar, sponsored by ACRATH Victoria, will be held on May 2 at the Treacy Centre in Parkville. Click ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum Geraldton April 5, 2012
    ACRATH Member Speaks to  Geraldton Gathering On the 26th of March the local community in Geraldton, WA hosted a forum on Human Trafficking. The forum was prompted by a number of newspaper articles in the Geraldton Guardian which alluded to human trafficking in the sex industry in the town. ACRATH member Brianna Lee was flown up ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2012 March 30, 2012
    Latest ACRATH News The latest issue of ACRATH News begins with words from Sr Maree Marsh csb, the new chairperson of ACRATH.  She speaks of the determination of all ACRATH members in “addressing insistently at every level the exploitation of women, men and children.”  Other items of interest are accounts of ACRATH members making connections with ...
  • Is your Easter Egg Slavery Free March 27, 2012
    FAIRTRADE Easter Eggs Much of the world’s chocolate is produced using cocoa beans that have been harvested by trafficked children or forced labour. The West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are two of the largest producers and exporters of cocoa in the world. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West ...
  • Forums to Combat Human Trafficking in Western Australia March 25, 2012
    ACRATH Members Involved in Forums The Australian Federal Police, in collaboration with the Western Australian Police and Northern Territory Police haave recently presented forums on human trafficking in a number of centres in Western Australia.  By discussing the issue of human trafficking the forums aim to improve the possibility of identifying victims and combating this crime.  Australian ...
  • New ACRATH Leadership March 6, 2012
    National Conference Names New National Chairperson ACRATH members from across Australia recently gathered in Melbourne for their annual conference and AGM.  Sr Louise Cleary csb, outgoing National Chairperson, delivered her annual report.  While recognising and celebrating the achievements of ACRATH over the past twelve months she also encouraged participants to continue with hope and imagination working ...
  • ACRATH Members Head to Melbourne February 16, 2012
    Taking the National Agenda Forward ACRATH member will gather in Melbourne on Monday 20th February for their AGM and National Conference.  During the gathering members will review the work that has been done over the last year and devise a strategic plan for furthering the mission of ACRATH in the coming year.  Workshop topics on the ...
  • Successful ACRATH Fund Raising Concert February 9, 2012
    Western Australian ACRATH Concert ACRATH WA held a very successful fund raising concert on Sunday February 5th 2012 at the  Loreto Nedlands Primary School auditorium.  A crowd of over 75 attended and commented on the moving music and beautiful performance. Merlyn Quaife is committed to working against human trafficking.  She volunteered her talents and time to present ...
  • ACRATH Meets With International Advocates January 21, 2012
    ACRATH National Projects Co-ordinator Visits Geneva Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Projects Co0-ordinator, recently spent some time in Geneva.  During her time there she met with advocates against human trafficking from Franciscan International who helped her to connect with other organisations including UN officials addressing trafficking in persons, the Permanent Mission of Australia, Permanent Observer of the Holy ...
  • Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum 2011 January 13, 2012
    ACRATH Members Attend Pacific Forum The Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum was held in December 2011.  Four ACRATH members attended the Forum.  The keynote speaker was Ruth Dearnley from Stop the Traffik in the UK.  The Forum looked at the various forms of trafficking taking place in the Pacific Region.  In her address Ruth reminded participants ...
  • ACRATH Concert in Western Australia December 15, 2011
    Fund Raising Concert Join ACRATH members in Western Australia for a special fund raising conference.  Courtesy of the WA Opera Soprano Merlyn Quaife and pianist Andrea Katz will perform song cycles of Roger Heagney boased on poetry by Graeme Ellis.  Proceed will support ACRATH’s efforts against human trafficking. Click here for more information.
  • ACRATH Members Receive Freedom Awards November 25, 2011
    Inaugural Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards Congratulations to Sr Pauline Col sgs and Sr Louise Cleary csb who were named as recipients of Freedom Awards at a Ceremony in Canberra this week.  The Freedom Awards were developed by Anti-Slavery Australia using federal funding from the Proceeds of Crime Act.  A media release from the Minister for Home ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter November 2011 November 9, 2011
    Latest ACRATH News  In the latest ACRATH Newsletter read about the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor MP and Mr Michael Danby MP visiting the ACRATH office, the Community Awareness Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) projects beginning in four states,  the presentation of a motion on the Harkin-Engel Protocol being presented in Federal Parliament, ...
  • News from ACRATH in Western Australia November 9, 2011
    Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking Recently Murdoch University held an open day. Part of the display from the Law Department included a display board with information on human trafficking through question and answer. A chocolate fondue enticed many visitors to consider not only information about trafficking but advertised fair trade. During the day there was a ...
  • ACRATH Receives Government Funding October 5, 2011
    Minister Visits ACRATH Office Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor, and Member for Melbourne Ports, Michael Danby, visited the office of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans) in Albert Park, Victoria on Wednesday 5 October 2011.  Their visit was the formal acknowledgement that the Government has committed $350,000 over the next ...
  • Harkin-Engel Anniversary Noted in Australian Senate September 26, 2011
    Australian Senators Support Harkin-Engel Protocol During their recent visit to  the Australian Federal Parliament ACRATH spoke to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate about the Harkin-Engel Protocol which aimed at eliminating the worst forms of child slavery in the cocoa industry.  On Monday 19th September 2011, the tenth anniversary of the signing of ...
  • Support for Girls’ Education September 8, 2011
    Increased Opportunity for Girls = Less Opportunity for Traffickers Providing girls with an education is one of the key components in combating human trafficking.  Of the 27million children out of primary education in impoverished countries, 16 million are girls.  In their recent meetings with Federal Members of Parliament in Canberra ACRATH acknowledged the efforts that Australia ...
  • 5th Annual Pilgrimage to National Capital August 31, 2011
    ACRATH in Canberra Twelve ACRATH members have recently completed a successful visit to Canberra where they met with members of Federal Parliament, AusAID, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Office for Women, the Attorney General’s Department, Anti Slavery Australia, UNICEF, ACFID, and Church public policy representatives to raise awareness about the plight of victims trafficked into Australia. A ...
  • Seeking a Better Life for Trafficked People August 18, 2011
    Australian Religious Seeking a Better Life for Trafficked People A group of women religious from around Australia will make their fifth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. The 12 women, Catholic sisters and their colleagues, are all members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). They will ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum July 18, 2011
    Podcasts from Human Trafficking Forum Social Policy Connections recently hosted a forum which looked at modern day slavery.  At this forum Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of the Anti-Slavery Project, spoke of the psychological coercion that enslaves victim of human trafficking. Michaela Guthridge, Justice Development Manager at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand reflected on the issue of “sham ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter July 2011 July 7, 2011
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives details of recent Forums on Human Trafficking, ACRATH networking experiences with Project Respect, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Institute of Criminology, an outline of state level activities and much more. Click here to read this latest issue.
  • ACRATH holds Public Meeting June 7, 2011
    ACRATH Forum on Human Trafficking Over 100 people attended a recent public forum on the issue of human trafficking.  Participants were informed about the forms that human trafficking takes today – sexual servitude, forced labour and organ trafficking.    A sale of Fair Trade goods took place at the forum.  Sr Louise Cleary, chairperson of ACRATH ...
  • Public Meeting on Trafficking in Melbourne May 28, 2011
    Want to help trafficked people? Don’t know how to? ACRATH is holding a public meeting in Melbourne on Monday 30th May 2011. Come along and increase your awareness of this issue. For more information click here.    
  • Public Meeting on Trafficking April 28, 2011
      Want to help trafficked people? Don’t know how to?   ACRATH is holding a public meeting in Melbourne on Monday 30th May 2011. Come along and increase your awareness of this issue. For more information click here.    
  • ACRATH Newsletter April 2011 April 24, 2011
    The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives information about ACRATH activities across Australia over recent months.  You can read about ACRATH Victoria hosting a morning tea and community forum on International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery, a Peace Walk in Western Australia and an ACRATH member visiting a centre for Women and Children in ...
  • ACRATH Submissions for Consultation by Attorney General’s Department February 28, 2011
    The Attorney General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, and the Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, recently sought public opinion on two discussion papers related to slavery and human trafficking.  You can read the submission ACRATH made on each of these papers by clicking on the links below. The Criminal Justice Response to Slavery ...
  • ACRATH Presents… December 30, 2010
    At ACRATH, we work hard to bring about a greater awareness on the reality of Human Trafficking…
  • ACRATH Canberra visit, 21-26 November 2010 December 10, 2010
    In November 2010, 15 women religious and colleagues undertook an ACRATH networking and policy development week in Canberra. Read more in the Visual report (.pdf 920KB)
  • News Release: Work of Religious Against Trafficking is Recognised by Federal Government December 2, 2010
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has been granted $350,000 funding for the next three years to contnue the fght against human trafcking. The Federal Government has announced that ACRATH is one of four non-government organisatons funded, along with Project Respect (Melbourne), Ant-Slavery Project (Sydney) and ScarlettAlliance (Sydney). ACRATH natonal chair Sr ...
  • $1.6 Million Investment in the Fight Against Human Trafficking November 24, 2010
    Federal member for Adelaide Kate Ellis November 24, 2010 Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor has announced another $1.6 million will be invested in tackling human trafficking including sex and labour exploitation. The announcement was made at the third National Roundtable on People Trafficking at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday, 24 November. The forum brings together ...
  • 3rd meeting of the National Roundtable on People Trafficking in Canberra November 22, 2010
    The Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP is convening the third meeting of the National Roundtable on People Trafficking in Canberra on 24th November 2010. ACRATH is one of the organisations to again be invited to attend the Roundtable meeting and will be represented by the National Chair, Sr Louise Cleary csb.
  • More people trafficked via Korea to Australia November 19, 2010
    ABC Radio Australia Linda Mottram November 19, 2010 The Australian government has warned that people trafficking into Australia, largely from Southeast Asia, is under reported – but there is a new report that suggests South Korea was the main source country for trafficked sex workers to Australia in the past year. Many of the cases involve the sex ...
  • News Release: Women Religious Take Trafficking Issues to Canberra November 19, 2010
    Women religious from throughout Australia will descend on Canberra next week (November 22-24) to discuss human trafcking with federal politcians, community leaders, academics union bosses and foreign embassy staff Members of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafcking in Humans) will discuss global and local issues with policy makers in a bid to prevent trafcking of ...
  • Media release: Indonesia-Australia Joint Statement November 2, 2010
    Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Julia Gillard MP November 2, 2010 The first official bilateral visit to Indonesia by Prime Minister Julia Gillard underscores the closeness and the importance of the relations between the two neighbouring countries and strategic partners… In addressing the complex challenges of people smuggling and trafficking in persons, Indonesia and Australia reiterate their commitment ...
  • Congratulations to Carolyn Merry.. September 27, 2010
    Congratulations to Carolyn Merry and all who supported the Cycle Against Traffik initiative. It was an outstanding success. The donations from the 2010 Cycle Against Traffik will help secure the future of the work of Tenanginaita. Here are some photos from the road..
  • Religious, women speak up against trafficking at UN July 21, 2010
    Emily Hall, Sally Moyle and Sr Joan Kennedy, a member of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH), has appeared at the United Nations as part of a presentation to a committee about discrimination against women. Read ACRATH’s News Release: Australian Sister at UN Speaks of Housing Needs of People Trafficked into Australia 
  • ACRATH says Thank You May 31, 2010
    Last week, Melbourne opera singer, Merlyn Quaife, together with some colleagues, came to Sydney to help ACRATH. Merlyn had arranged with another colleague, to hold in his studio a musical performance of Fortune My Foe, an adaptation by Roger Heaney of poems by Graeme Ellis, with what could be explained as an impressionist piano accompaniment by ...
  • ACRATH letter to Mr Bob McMullan MHR April 10, 2010
    Link between poverty & Trafficking ACRATH letter to Mr Bob McMullan MHR (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance) regarding Millennium Development Goals.
  • Human Trafficking April 6, 2008
    ABC Online: Sunday Nights, First Hour Producer: Noel Debien, Dan Driscoll April 6, 2008 Exactly a year ago on Sunday Night our guest was American Award-winning journalist David Batstone, and author of “Not for Sale: the return of the Global Slave Trade”. Batstone who is also professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco and the founder and ...