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End the Scourge of Human Trafficking

Posted in February 15th, 2017
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IMG_2232ACRATH National Conference

ACRATH members from across Australia have gathered in Sydney for their National Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is ACT Now to End the Scourge of Human Trafficking.IMG_2212 The conference opened with the launch of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) publication Human Trafficking and Slavery written by ACRATH members Christine Carolan and Noelene Simmons. Sr Ruth Durick osu, President of Catholic Religious Australia, and Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta and Chairperson of ACSJC, spoke commending the document. Sr Anne Tormey, President of ACRATH then presented her annual report outlining the activities of ACRATH during the last twelve months and presenting some of the challenges ACRATH faces as we face the future.

BakhitaWorld 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 leaders across Australia support the call from Pope Francis to end the injustice of human trafficking against all people, in particular children.

‘They are children! Not slaves!’ is the theme for Bakhita Day this year. Pope Francis has designated today a world day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking.

St Bakhita is the Patron Saint for victims of slavery. The United Nations estimates that one in every three victims of human trafficking is a child. It is estimated that 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years. Annually, millions of children are trafficked into domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, pornography production, forced marriage, illegal adoption, forced labour, and to become child soldiers.” Read more…

Resources can be found here.

They are just Children! NOT SLAVES

Posted in February 7th, 2017
by ACRATH

As we celebrate the World Day of Prayer Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking let us remember the children of our world who are trafficked into child slavery. We pray they will be released from the bonds of slavery and that their right to love, protection and education will be respected.

Forced Marriage in Melbourne

Posted in January 31st, 2017
by ACRATH

Melbourne Magistrate Court Charges Cleric

Forced marriageIn early January 2017 a Melbourne Magistrate Court charged a cleric over the forced marriage of a child. The marriage took place in September 2016. The man she was married to has also been charged for his part in the forced marriage. The case will continue to be heard in February. Read more…

Forced marriage is a crime in Australia. If you or someone you know is in a forced marriage or in danger of being forced to marry help is available at the My Blue Sky website.

Human Trafficking And Slavery

Posted in January 19th, 2017
by ACRATH

A Response From Australian Catholics

12.16_SJ2561 Human Trafficking and Slavery A5 InvitationOn 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 held on the feast of St Josephine Bakhita.

Where:  Institute for Mission, 1-5 Marian St Blacktown
When:    8th February 2017
Time:     7.30pm – 9.00pm

Download the flyer here. Bring along some friends.

World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

Posted in January 13th, 2017
by ACRATH

BakhitaBe 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 the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita which falls on 8 February as the world day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking. Talitha Kum (UISG-USG) has declared the theme of this year’s feast day celebrations, which are likely to be celebrated at Masses on the weekend of February 11 and 12: They are children! Not slaves!

St Josephine Bakhita, who died on 8 February 1947, was born in Southern Sudan in 1869, and during her life experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. After gaining her freedom Josephine Bakhita dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She eventually became a Canossian Sister and was canonised in 2000.

Like Josephine Bakhita, millions of children are trafficked into domestic servitude every year. They are also trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography production, forced marriage, illegal adoption, forced labour, and to become child soldiers. The United Nations estimates that one in every three victims of trafficking is a child. It is estimated that 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.

ACRATH has developed the following resources for Parishes and school communities:

  • A St Josephine Bakhita poster to display in your community
  • A brief notice for parish or school bulletins
  • Homily notes for Masses on the weekend of February 11 & 12
  • Prayers of intercession for Masses on the weekend of February 11 & 12 or for inclusion at school assemblies

Find these and other resources for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking here.

Prayer to End Human Trafficking

Posted in January 11th, 2017
by ACRATH

2017-calendarPreparing for the World day of Prayer, Reflection and Action

In the USA, 11th January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To mark this event and to prepare for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking the Sisters of St Joseph of Orange have produced and prayer and reflection sheet. You are invited to join in prayer to end human trafficking by praying each day as suggested on the reflection sheet. Access a copy here.

Reframing Human Trafficking

Posted in January 7th, 2017
by ACRATH

Sr Angela Reed at Notre Dame University

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 approach to anti-trafficking policy and prevention. Dr. Reed’s visit to Notre Dame was sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and The Center for Civil and Human Rights. Read more…

2017 Presidential Proclamation

Posted in January 7th, 2017
by ACRATH

president-barack-obamaUS National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, in proclaiming January 2017 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, called upon businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role they must play in ending all forms of slavery.

“From factories and brothels to farms and mines, millions of men, women, and children in the United States and around the world are exploited for their bodies and their labor. Whether through violence, deceit, or the promises of a better life, some of the most vulnerable populations among us are preyed upon by human traffickers. In order to rid the world of modern slavery we must do everything in our power to combat these violations of human decency.” Read more… (Photo: upi.com)

UN Security Council Condemns Human Trafficking

Posted in January 6th, 2017
by ACRATH

united-nationsCouncil Unanimously Adopts Resolution 2331 (2016)

At a meeting held in December 2016 the UN Security Council strongly condemned human trafficking in areas of conflict.  The 15?member Council responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, after hearing from 70 spekers, specifically condemned the sale of, or trade in, persons for purposes of sexual slavery, and exploitation and forced labour.  It stressed that human trafficking contributed to other forms of transnational organized crime, which could exacerbate conflict and foster insecurity and instability.

The then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, described trafficking as a global problem, saying the most vulnerable people were those caught in conflict — women, children, internally displaced persons and refugees.  Emphasizing the importance of fighting trafficking for the sake of the victims, and of reducing funding for terrorists, he said countries should investigate and prosecute cases in which their own nationals committed such crimes abroad.  All perpetrators must be brought to justice, he said, stressing that only an international response could succeed in resolving an international problem like human trafficking.  Because the majority of trafficking victims were women and girls, the response must include special attention to their rights, and States must adopt gender-sensitive and rights-based migration policies, he said. Read more…

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