Good news

Here we’d like to share with you some of the good news stories that warm our hearts and to show that we can make a difference and that the world doesn’t have to be so bad, cruel or inconsiderate.

  • Combating Modern Slavery October 26, 2020
    Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood, in a recent media release announced the Federal Government has committed $10.6 million in the 2020-21 Budget to implement Australia’s next National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-25. This includes funding over a five year period for civil society organisations, peak bodies and ...
  • ACRATH Welcomes New Visa Arrangement April 6, 2020
    ACRATH welcomes the news that the Federal Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19. These changes will assist those within the Pacific Labour Scheeme, the Seasonal Workers Program and working holiday makers who are currently in Australia. ...
  • NSW Inquiry Report Recommendations Welcomed March 26, 2020
    The NSW Parliament passed a Modern Slavery Act in June 2018. However the Act has never been implemented. Instead it was put on hold while an Inquiry into the legislation was conducted. The Inquiry report was released on 25th March. ACRATH and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) prepared a joint submission for the Inquiry urging the ...
  • Catholic schools lead push to eliminate slavery February 14, 2020
    A Make your school slavery-free resource kit was launched in Melbourne yesterday (Thursday February 13) to help students, teachers and staff eliminate slavery from Catholic schools. Archbishop Peter Comensoli and Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary, a co-founder of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) launched the Make your school slavery-free resource kit at ...
  • Hope for a Dignified Life December 31, 2019
    Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi message to the world on Christmas day acknowledged the darkness of injustice in our world and prayed that the Babe of Bethlehem  “may he bring his tenderness to all and brighten the darkness of this world.” “May the Son of God, come down to earth from heaven, protect and sustain all ...
  • Debit Cards in fight Against Human Trafficking November 24, 2019
    A number of banks are involved in a UN project to assist survivors of human trafficking. Survivors may have had their financial identity stolen and their credit ruined by their traffickers. “Having access to legitimate financial services is something many people take for granted,” said Sara Crowe, director of data analysis at the U.S.-based anti-trafficking group ...
  • Merlyn Keeps Singing for Justice November 21, 2019
    People and organisations have long used music, particularly folk, in their struggles for justice and social change. Australian opera singer Merlyn Quaife AM has done her bit and more. A decade ago Merlyn, an acclaimed soprano, spoke to Victorian ACRATH member Stancea Vichie about human trafficking. She realised that her great gift, her voice, could ...
  • Talitha Kum Celebrates 10 Years September 24, 2019
    Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with an assembly in Rome (21-27 September). Present at the event are ACRATH members Christine Carolan, Claire Griffith and Louise Cleary. Talitha Kum has been a catalyst for connecting networks of Religious and their lay colleagues working to eradicate ...
  • Talitha Kum Coordinator a 2019 TIP Hero June 21, 2019
    Congratulations to Sr Gabriella Bottani, international coordinator of Talitha Kum, who has been named a 2019 TIP (Trafficking in Person) Hero by the US State Department in the Annual TIP report. In acknowledging the work of Sr Gabriella the TIP report states: ” Talitha Kum, a global network across 77 countries of more than 2,000 Catholic nuns working ...
  • #whomademyclothes April 23, 2019
    April 24 2019 marks the sixth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. Over 1,100 garment workers lost their lives and many more were maimed for life. Now, 6 years later what has changed? The reality is that many garment workers are still being undervalued and under paid. Workers trying to campaign for a ...
  • Participating around Australia and Beyond February 11, 2019
    ACRATH members around Australia have participated in events to mark the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. This day is held annually on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudan woman who was sold into slavery at a very young age. On the vigil of the feast ACRATH members ...
  • Slavery Bill Almost Law November 29, 2018
    Less than twenty four hours after passing the Senate the Modern Slavery Bill has passed the House of Representative. The Bill now awaits assent by the Governor General for it to become law. This is great news for the many members of Parliament, government departments, NGOs and business that have collaborated and advocated for a ...
  • Modern Slavery Bill passes Senate November 28, 2018
    Australia has moved a step closer to having a Modern Slavery ACT. After a period of debate the Modern Slavery Bill was passed in the Senate today. ACRATH congratulates all who have had a part in bringing the bill to this stage. It is hoped the Bill will pass the House of Representative before Parliament ...
  • Enjoying Darrell Lea Chocolate April 16, 2018
    Thank You Darrell Lea When Victorian ACRATH members gathered recently for their monthly meeting they delighted in the recent announcement from Darrell Lea that they are committed to sourcing their cocoa from sustainable sources. ACRATH has been engaged in campaigning for this issue for many years. We strive to use our consumer choices to send a ...
  • Thank You Darrell Lea April 8, 2018
    Commitment to use Sustainable Cocoa The news that the board of Darrell Lea unanimously voted to source  sustainable cocoa is cause for great joy and celebration. The company is now in the process of selecting a Certification Body and endeavouring to achieve 100% sustainable cocoa procurement within the next 12 months. In collaboration with STOP THE TRAFFIK, ACRATH ...
  • Choose Slavery-Free this Easter March 14, 2018
    How Do I know Which Easter Egg to Purchase? For many years now ACRATH has joined with STOP THE TRAFFIK in asking chocolate companies to place certification labels on their products as a message to consumers that steps have been taken to address child labour and trafficking in their supply chains and for that certification to ...
  • Greater Access to Support February 15, 2018
    Minister Announces  Enhanced Support for Victims of  Forced Marriage ACRATH is delighted with the news that, for a trial period of twelve months, victims of forced marriage in Australia will be able to access support from the Support for Trafficked People Program for 200 days (formerly only  90 days were possible). In making this announcement Assistant ...
  • Hidden in Plain Sight December 11, 2017
    A Modern Slavery Act for Australia? Throughout 2017 the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade conducted an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act similar to the one in the UK. After receiving 225 submissions, holding 10 public hearing and extensive consultation with civil ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Progress in Uzbekistan May 28, 2017
    ILO Monitoring in the Cotton Industry in Uzbekistan For a number of years ACRATH and other NGOs have been speaking out about child labour in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan. In a report released in February 2017 the International Labour Organization (ILO) indicated that organized child labor is now socially unacceptable in Uzbekistan and the practice ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vatican to Slave-Proof Supply Chain January 24, 2016
    Eliminating Forced Labour At a recent gathering of The Global Foundation, an Australian based organization that seeks to encourage dialogue about global governance, sustainability and other issues, Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariate of the Economy, made the following announcement: “I am pleased to confirm that the Vatican itself will commit to slavery-proofing its own supply ...
  • Trafficking in Person Heroes July 28, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zafWGbWxZw4 At the ceremony to launch the Trafficking in Person s Report 2015 Secretary of State, John Kerry, name eights Trafficking in Persons Heroes.  These people are an inspiration.  They have been courageous and passionate in their efforts to prevent human trafficking and to assist those who have experienced the trauma of this horrendous crime.
  • NZ Outlaws Slave-like Fishing August 5, 2014
    Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill The New Zealand Parliament has unanimously passed a bill that will require all foreign fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters to fly the New Zealand and operate under New Zealand laws.  In the past there has been human rights and labour abuses on these foreign vessels. ...
  • Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act July 4, 2014
    Canadian Parliament Passes New Laws After 10 years of work by Member of Parliament Joy Smith, and many hours of advocacy by UNANIMA communities, on June 4, 2014 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, introduced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay in response to a Supreme Court decision (Canada ...
  • 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 ...
  • Congratulations Haigh’s Chocolates March 19, 2014
    UTZ Certified Easter Egg and Easter Bilby Haigh’s Chocolate are proud to be the first Australian-owned bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer to achieve international UTZ certification for ethically and sustainably farmed cocoa beans, which includes a zero-tolerance policy towards trafficked child labour.  UTZ certification puts Haigh’s at the forefront of a sustainable production program that spans cocoa-growing countries ...
  • Vatican, Anglicans & Muslims Working Against Human Trafficking March 18, 2014
    Global Freedom Network Established On 17th March, the feast of St Patrick who was himself a slave, an accord was signed by the Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim Institution pledging to work together to end human trafficking throughout the world by 2020.  It is hoped that over time all the world’s major faiths ...
  • 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 ...
  • ILO Reports Decline in Number of Child Labourers September 24, 2013
    Asia-Pacific Has Greatest Decline But Largest Numbers A new International Labour Organisation (ILO) report states that since 2000 the global number of child labourers has declined by one-third.In the period 2008-2012, the global number of child labourers fell from to 215 to 168 million with the largest decline occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.  However this region ...
  • 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 ...
  • Congratulations to Fountain of Life Centre, Pattaya June 24, 2013
    Good Citizen’s Award On 4th February 2013 Fountain of Life Children’s Centre Pattaya received the Good Citizen’s Award from the Ministry of Social Development of Thailand for its excellent services against trafficking in persons, empowering marginalized people especially women and children and for being a valuable source of information regarding matters related to trafficking in the Mekong ...
  • 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 ...
  • Protections for Vulnerable Witnesses and Victims May 30, 2013
    Attorney General Introduces New Legislation to Parliament On 29th May 2013 Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC introduced new legislation to protect vulnerable witnesses and victims in Commonwealth criminal proceedings into Federal Parliament.  The legislation allows a witness the ability to give evidence by closed-circuit television, video recording or video link, and to have a support person accompany them when ...
  • 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, ...
  • Senate Report Released September 13, 2012
    Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 In June 2012 the Senate referred the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 for inquiry.  ACRATH has been involved in the various inquiries that contributed to the drafting of this Bill and also made a submission for the Senate inquiry.  After ...
  • Thank You Nestlé July 19, 2012
    All Products To Be UTZ Certified By End Of 2012 Nestlé announced in a letter to STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia that they will UTZ certify all their cocoa by the end of 2012. A number of international commentators have suggested that Nestlé’s decision to certify their Australian line first is a result of the intense lobbying ...
  • Good Chocolate News July 5, 2012
    Nestlé Eradicating Child Labour From Its Supply Chain In recent months Nestlé invited the Fair Labour Association (FLA) to conduct an audit of its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire to determine how to continue improving practices to help eliminate child labour, ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa, and help farmers run profitable farms.  The FLA ...
  • Ferrero’s Committment – Great News April 20, 2012
    Traffick Free by 2020 Ferrero has made a commitment that it will eliminate all cases of the trafficking children, forced adult labour and other worst forms of child labour from their cocoa supply chain by 2020.  In doing so, Ferrero is the first global chocolate company to explicitly state they will fulfill the promise the chocolate ...
  • COTTON ON Committed to Corporate Social Responsibilities December 16, 2011
    Working to Maintain Acceptable Working Conditions and Trade Practices Jacqui Hennessy, Group Risk Manager of Cotton On says, “The Cotton on Group is very much aware of the issue of forced child labour and other humanitarian exploitation in Uzbekistan and around the globe. We are strongly committed to our corporate social responsibilities and proactively maintain acceptable working conditions ...
  • 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 ...
  • Funding to Fight Slavery and Labour Trafficking October 18, 2011
    Federal Government Grants for Five Organisation A Federal Government Media Release dated Monday 17th October announced that the Gillard Government has allocated a total of $485,000 to five organisation to fund projects aimed at combating slavery and human trafficking in Australia.  A copy of the media release issued by the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for ...
  • 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 ...
  • New Partnership to Combat Child Labour in West Africa September 26, 2011
    ILO and Chocolate and Cocoa Industry Forge New Partnership Eight companies in the chocolate and cocoa industry – ADM, Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Kraft Foods, Mars Incorporated, and Nestlé – have pledged US $2 million to a new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the International Labour Office (ILO) to combat child labour in cocoa ...
  • Thank You Nestlé August 31, 2011
    Working Towards Child Slavery Free Chocolate In 2010 Nestlé began distributing  four finger Kitkat in Australia using UTZ certified cocoa.  This action was welcomed by all those campaigning for a child slavery free chocolate industry.  Recently this certification has been extended to all Nestlé Kitkat products. Over 75% of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa ...
  • Improved Support for Victims of Human Trafficking July 25, 2011
    New Training Packages In a recent media statement issued jointly by the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for the Status of Women, and the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, it was announced that $126,960 will go to the Australian Red Cross to develop and deliver professional training to at least 500 ...
  • Uganda: How a Catholic radio station is saving child soldiers November 22, 2010
    Aid to the Church in Need Eva-Maria Kolmann November 22, 2010 “We love you, Robert. Please come home! From your parents and your brothers and sisters”. These, and other messages like them are regularly heard on the children’s programme of the Catholic diocesan radio station “Radio Wa’ of Lira in northern Uganda. They are addressed to children who ...
  • Media Release: Commission Welcomes Increased Protection for Queensland Clothing Outworkers October 25, 2010
    Catholic Justice and Peace Commission October 25, 2010 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has welcomed the Queensland Government’s introduction of a mandatory code of practice for the protection of clothing outworkers. The Commission has been involved in lobbying for the introduction of this code for the last two years. The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the new ...
  • Craigslist says it won’t resume adult services advertising September 16, 2010
    Los Angeles Times Jordan Steffen September 16, 2010 A company official tells a congressional hearing on minors caught up in sex trafficking that the shutdown of its controversial classified ad website is permanent. read more..
  • We want Traffik-Free Chocolate June 6, 2010
    Nestle has commenced running the Cocoa Plan/UTZ packaging in the factory for Kit Kat 4 Finger. It is now available in supermarkets! This was the implementation of a promise made by Nestle (see Nestle Policy: Cocoa and our Oceania business, see page 10) Congratulations to Nestle and we are looking forward to even more slave-free chocolate products ...
  • Education is the Key! July 1, 2007
    UNGEI (United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative) Photo essays. read more..