2018 World Day of Prayer

ACRATH Calendar 2018

ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign

Human Trafficking and Slavery

Campaign to Halt Forced Labour

Margaret for RNFaith 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 Hegarty for ABC Radio programme The Religion and Ethics Report highlight the efforts of two such groups – ACRATH and The Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery. Sr Margaret Ng rsj, NSW Regional Coordinator for ACRATH, was interviewed for this article.

Modern Slavery and Global Supply Chains

Posted in August 25th, 2017

FlagpoleGovernment 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 Slavery Act in Australia, appoint an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and that businesses be required to report on measures being taken to address modern slavery in their supply chains. ACRATH welcomes this report and looks forward to further developments as the Committee works towards its final report to the Government. Download a copy of the report here.

Businesses to Report Slavery in Supply Chains

Posted in August 16th, 2017

Minister Keenan

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 operating in Australia publish annual statements outlining their actions to address this crime. “It will support the business community to respond more effectively to modern slavery, raise business awareness of the issue and create a level playing field for business to share information about what they are doing to eliminate modern slavery. Importantly, it will also encourage business to use their market influence to improve workplace standards and practices.”

A consultation process will take place with industry being invited to comment on a discussion paper. Submission for the consultation will be open till 20th October 2017.

Having advocated for slavery free supply chains for many years ACRATH welcomes this statement from Minister Keenan.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in August 14th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 8

The August issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the trafficking of homeless youth. Articles include The WEB that is human trafficking, Homeless youth in the United States, How are homeless youth affected and A protective response model for youth intervention.Download you copy of Stop Trafficking! here.

ACRATH Advocates for Modern Slavery Act

Posted in August 2nd, 2017

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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 Synod and FECCA (the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia). At a public hearing in Melbourne on 2nd August representatives of the four organisations responded to questions from the inquiry committee.IMG_20170802_135330


ACRATH members from Victoria attended the public hearing. A copy of the written submission (submission No 199) from these organisations can be found on the inquiry page of the Parliament website.

Minister Announces Anti-Trafficking Funding

Posted in July 30th, 2017

 no-place-for-slaveryMarking 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, Anti-Slavery Australia, The Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights.” Download the media release here.

ACRATH thanks Minister Keenan for this grant that will enable us to continue working towards the elimination of human trafficking. We also congratulate the other grant recipients and look forward to continued collaboration in this important human rights issue.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Posted in July 29th, 2017

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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 you to reflect on the Talitha Kum declaration and then make a commitment to work against Human Trafficking, a crime which affects every country. One way in which you may wish to engage in the fight to eradicate this crime is by making a donation to support the work of ACRATH. Read more… 

ACRATH National Committee

Posted in July 24th, 2017

P1000392ACRATH 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 back and celebrate what had been achieved and to see what lessons had been learnt. This reflection informed the meeting as the committee proceeded to work on the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan and discuss the development of various ACRATH projects. These projects included the Archdiocese of Sydney Anti-Slavery Task Force, ACRATH partnership with St Vincent’s Health Australia, the 2018 ACRATH Calendar, 2017 Canberra Advocacy and the 2018 ACRATH national Conference.

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 for this inquiry and also took part in a public hearing in Melbourne. ACRATH was therefore delighted to see the Law Enforcement Committee recommending such things as a National Compensation scheme for victims of trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences to be funded by proceeds of crime, the de-linking of access to the Support for Trafficked People Program from compliance with criminal investigations, Commonwealth Government facilitation and expedition of family reunification for victims of trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences and the appointment of an Anti-Slavery and Trafficking Commissioner. The full report can be accessed here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in July 12th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 7

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released by the  US State Department recently. The July issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights some of the issues raised in this report. It also profiles some of the 2017 TIP heroes named when the report was released.  Download your copy of the July issue here.

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