2018 World Day of Prayer

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Human Trafficking and Slavery

Campaign to Halt Forced Labour

ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign

Posted in July 9th, 2017

Donate buttonACRATH 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 launched a fundraising appeal throughout July, leading up to the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. We need your help. Our work is critical to the lives of so many people. We cannot stop now. Read more…

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Big Picture, Big Task

Posted in July 5th, 2017

Ending Slaveryending 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 slavery in the world today and how we can all play our part in helping to address this global problem.

When:    Fri 28 July 2017 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Where:   ACRATH – 54 Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park

RSVP essential for catering purposes. Book here.

2017 TIP Report

Posted in June 30th, 2017

2017 TIP ReportHuman Trafficking is Global in Scope

Us Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, launched the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report in New York on 27th June. In addressing readers of the report Tillerson states, “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”

This years report has a focus on the responsibility governments have in holding offenders accountable. In the light of this focus Susan Coppedge, US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, comments, “A victim-centered and trauma-informed approach requires, first and foremost, that the criminal justice system not penalize victims of human trafficking when they are forced to commit crimes as a direct result of their exploitation. When forced criminality takes place as part of the scheme, victims should not be further punished by the very system meant to protect them; and when they are, their convictions should be expunged and they should receive support and the comprehensive services to which they are entitled.”

As in past years, the 2017 TIP Report also honours individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking.  Access the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in June 30th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 6

The June issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights various reports that help the reader realise the complexities of human trafficking. Articles include What does human trafficking look like inn the US, Fashion makes me uncomfortable, How state courts can assist trafficked victims and How the hospitality sector can assist the exploited. Access a copy of Stop Trafficking! here.

Risks Faced by Domestic Workers

Posted in June 17th, 2017

Do You Know the Difference Between Domestic Work and Slavery?

Remembering Susan Newland

Posted in June 17th, 2017

Susan Newland

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 membership was her 3 months internship with UNANIMA in New York in 2016, which enabled her to utilize knowledge and insights gained in a recently completed Masters Degree in International Law.

 Susan had a long battle with cancer and amazed us all by her courage and resilience. She died on the 28th May. Archbishop Wilson was the celebrant at her funeral. She will be deeply missed by members of ACRATH SA. We valued her integrity, vitality, intelligence, generosity, sensitivity and sense of fun.  She was deeply committed to addressing the evil of human trafficking in our world. One of Susan’s icons and poems can be downloaded here.

Compassionate God,
We give thanks for Susan’s life, and for all she was for each of us.
We ask you to comfort her daughter Sarah, her family and friends in their loss.
Comfort also each of us in our grief, lend us strength to comfort each other,
and help us to know Susan’s presence in beauty and kindness,
and in our vulnerability and strength. Amen.


Posted in June 17th, 2017

acrath-logo-2015ACRATH 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 included. In addition to the regular newsletter there is also a supplement on Forced Marriage. Download your copy of the ACRATH Newsletter and the Forced Marriage Supplement now.

International Domestic Workers Day

Posted in June 16th, 2017

2017JUNE16fbeventpagephotoDomestic Worker have Rights

In 2017, 21.3 million people worldwide are refugees displaced from their homelands. One of the few employment options available to women (and girl) refugees, who account for 50 per cent of this population, is domestic work. Working behind closed doors in private homes, many have few legal protections and regularly experience exploitation and abuse. Because domestic work is not respected and frequently unprotected, they often don’t find the safety and security they need, and once again face situations vulnerable to exploitation, violence, and intimidation.

In 2011 the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (ILO Convention No. 189) was adopted. This Convention  recognized domestic workers as workers like any other. Since then, 70 countries have taken measures to adopt or reform law and policy, including 24 countries that have ratified Convention No. 189.

On International Domestic Workers Day 2017 let us be a voice for those domestic workers who are exploited. Call on governments to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention. Read more…

Protect Children from Child Labour

Posted in June 12th, 2017

Against Child Labour 2017World Day Against Child Labour

The World Day Against Child Labour was launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2002 to focus attention of the extent of child labour and the need to eliminate it. It is celebrated on 12th June each year. This year will focus on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour. Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 aims to “eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour.”

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reports that globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. A third of them are children. A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. Read more…

Groundbreaking Anti-Slavery Project

Posted in June 8th, 2017

slavery 1A 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 Health Australia (SVHA) have launched the Human Trafficking Project, thought to be a first in Australia’s health care sector.

The project will look at how trafficked people – who may present at any of SVHA’s hospitals Australia-wide – can be identified and receive necessary treatment, support, referrals and access to services. This includes women who have been sexually exploited, people facing forced marriage and people who have experienced forced labour.

The project will also look at how to make sure the goods and services procured by St Vincent’s are slavery-free. This means investigating supply chains to make sure a diverse range of goods – everything from medical equipment through to cotton sheets and gowns, and chocolates sold for hospital fundraising – have been produced without the use of enslaved or forced labour.

According to the Trafficking in Persons – Australian Government Response 2015-2016 report, the Australian Federal Police received 691 referrals relating to human trafficking and slavery-related offences between 2004 and 30 June 2016. Read more…

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