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  • 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, rights-based ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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. Listen to the interview here.
  • 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 ...