ACRATH Calendar 2018

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Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking

Posted in January 8th, 2018

IOM researchEvidence from Mediterranean Routes

On 21 december IOM (International Organization for Migration) issued a report on “Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Evidence from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Migration Routes”. The report. In this unprecedented time of mass migration one in seven people is a migrant. For some migrants the path they must take in search of a better life can be very precarious and even dangerous. Irregular and unsafe migration routes can increase vulnerability to violence, abuse and exploitation, including trafficking in persons. In 2015 and 2016, there was a large increase in arrivals of migrants and refugees fleeing protracted conflict, poverty and persecution, and seeking security and economic opportunities in Europe. The largest number of recorded migrant arrivals to Europe in 2015 occurred on the Eastern Mediterranean route. IOM research shows that more than one third (37%) of all interviewed migrants had a personal experience that indicated the presence of human trafficking or other exploitative practices along the route. Seventy-three per cent of migrants interviewed along the Central Mediterranean route presented at least one indicator of exploitation, along with 14 per cent of migrants interviewed along the Eastern Mediterranean route. Read  more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in January 7th, 2018

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 1

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is the US. The January 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! provides education materials to be used during this month. Articles include What is Human Trafficking, Forced Labour on Fishing Vessels, Tackling Forced Labour in Company Supply Chains and Forced Labour as Domestic Servants. Download the January 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! here.

Christmas Wishes

Posted in December 24th, 2017

ACRATH Christmas wishes

Domestic Slavery

Posted in December 24th, 2017

The 2017 Trafficking in Person Report commented on the existence of domestic servitude in Australia. This YouTube clip from Freedom United outlines why domestic workers can be vulnerable and the signs of domestic slavery.

Economic Impacts of Child Marriage

Posted in December 24th, 2017

Economic Impact of Child MarriageNegative Impacts on Girls, their Children, Families, Communities and Nations

Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals has as one of its targets to “eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.” A recent study suggests that many countries have begun to adopt strategies to end the practice and investments are being made to that effect, including by promoting girls’ education. However more could still be done.

A paper prepared for the Economic Impacts of Child Marriage project, a collaborative effort by the International Center for Research on Women and the World Bank with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and additional support from the Global Partnership for Education states “the impacts and economic costs associated with child marriage are high. They suggest that investing to end child marriage is not only the right thing to do, but also makes sense from an economic point of view.” Dowload a copy of the report here.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted in December 11th, 2017

ACRATH Slide: Take ActionA 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 society organisations and businesses the committee tabled its report, Hidden in Plain Sight, in Parliament on Thursday 7th December. Recommendations include:

  • the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia
  • the establishment of an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • mandatory annual supply chain reporting for entities with a total revenue of $50 million or more
  • the de-linking of access to the Support for Trafficked People Program and the Human Trafficking Visa Framework (including the Bridging F visa and Referred Stay (Permanent) visa) from compliance with criminal investigations
  • extension of the 45 day period of initial support available under the Support for Trafficked People Program to a minimum of 90 days, with multiple options for extension
  • the establishment a national compensation scheme for victims of modern slavery in Australia, modelled on existing victim compensation schemes administered by the Commonwealth
  • urgent review of Australia’s visa framework for migrants to replace or eliminate ‘tied’ visa conditions, such as employer sponsorship and sign-off requirements, that often create conditions of vulnerability to exploitation and modern slavery

ACRATH has long been engaged in advocating for many of these issues. We welcome the report and live in hope that the recommendations will be accepted by the Commonwealth Government and so be enshrined in national policy. We thank the Committee not only for their commitment to the Inquiry process but also for their determination to promote means of eliminating human trafficking and slavery in Australia and beyond. Hidden in Plain Sight can be accessed here.

Migration Without Trafficking

Posted in December 5th, 2017

Global Compacts & Human Trafficking

Fr. Michael Czerny is Undersecretary of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Holy See. He was recently interviewed about the significance of the theme, Migration Global impacts and the proposals of the Church with regard to the Migration and Trafficking.

Stop Trafficking

Posted in December 3rd, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 11

The December issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the vulnerability of children especially in the travel and tourism industries. Articles include Travel & Tourism…& Trafficking, Exploitation of Children by Tourists, Efforts to Prevent Human Trafficking in the Tourism Industry and Leaders Unite to Stop Global Sexual Exploitation of Children through Travel and Tourism.! here.

Download your copy of Stop Trafficking! here.

Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate

Posted in November 30th, 2017

Migrants & RefugeesProtect the Dignity, Human Rights and Freedom of All

The Vatican’s Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development  is a small action-oriented Vatican office personally directed by Pope Francis. This office has released a set of 20 Pastoral Action Points and 20 Action Points for the Global Compacts, providing concrete leads for implementing the four actions – to welcome, to protect, to promote, to integrate – in the attitudes and actions of Christian communities and of all those concerned with those who are forced to flee, and in international and national policies.

While massive numbers of people have been forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, natural disasters and the scourge of poverty, migration should nevertheless be recognized, not as a new phenomenon, but rather as a natural human response to crisis and a testament to the innate desire of every human being for happiness and a better life. This reality, with its important cultural and spiritual dimensions, is having a significant impact on attitudes and reactions all over the world.

Even amidst the current crisis, experience teaches that effective, shared responses are available. The Church looks forward to working together with the international community to promote and adopt such measures to protect the dignity, rights and freedoms of all persons currently on the move, including forced migrants, victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced persons.

For more information visit the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development’s website

Confront the Roots of Slavery

Posted in November 29th, 2017

Holy See Intervention During Security Council Open DebateArchbishop Auza

On November 21 H. E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave an intervention during Security Council Open Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations.” He called on the international community to work towards the eradication of slavery by confronting all of its economic, environmental, political and ethical root causes, emphasizing the importance of preventing and ending the wars and conflicts that create conditions for traffickers to exploit victims. He stated that “as long as wars and conflicts rage, trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation, forced labor and similar crimes will continue to flourish.”

He concluded his statement with words of Pope Francis expressed this year on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons when he warned us against “getting used” to trafficking in persons, treating it as if it were a “normal thing,” when in reality it is, he said, “ugly, cruel, criminal, an aberrant plague, a modern form of slavery, a crime against humanity”.

Download the full statement here.

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