Slavery-free Easter

Enjoy a Slavery-free Easter2

Human Trafficking and Slavery


Campaign to Halt Forced Labour

The RAP website

Education Resource Now On-line

education package - website feature 1

Latest News

Read the latest News in the fight against human trafficking

ACRATH Slide: Latest News

Christmas: A Time for Giving

Posted in December 16th, 2016

The Birth of Christ Brought Life and Hope for All People


Human trafficking robs people of their dreams and their dignity. Help ACRATH to restore life, hope and dignity.

Make a donation to support the work of ACRATH.

Direct bank account deposit/transfer details:
Bank:      Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Account Name:   ACRATH Public fund
Account BSB:      063 111
Account No.:       08 021 41

Cheques can be made out to:  ACRATH Public Fund  and posted to:
54 Beaconsfield Parade
Albert Park Vic 3206

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Send your details to the above address or email them to so that a receipt can be provided. Thank you.


Posted in December 14th, 2016

acrath-logo-2015ACRATH Newsletter December 2016

The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. It  includes information about recent and upcoming events including:

  • Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics – The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery.
  • Bakhita Day 8 February, World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Trafficking – Resources will be available on the ACRATH website

Download your copy here.

Naughty or Nice Campaign

Posted in December 7th, 2016

naughty-listAsk Clothing Companies to Publish their Factory Lists

Since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 their has been progress made in encouraging companies to protect their workers and ensure their supply chains are slavery free. However there are still a number of companies hiding their supply chains. Do you want to know more about the clothes you buy so that you can be confident they were not made using slave labour.  Join the Oxfam campaign and send a Christmas card to the Naughty List. Click here to find out more.

Breaking the Chain of Forced Marriage

Posted in December 7th, 2016

Jasvinda’s Story

At the age of 16 Jasvinder Sanghera took a brave step running away from home in order to avoid a forced marriage. Since that day she has had to deal with the grief of losing a family but deep in her heart she knows that she did the right thing. She hopes her story and her actions will help other young women who may be facing a forced marriage. Read her story here.

8th Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery

Posted in December 5th, 2016

roundtable-2016Government Collaboration with Civil Society

ACRATH participated in the 8th National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery held in Parliament House Canberra on Monday 28th November. Convened by the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and  Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, the meeting was attended by government agencies, civil society and industry bodies. The recommendations made by the Australian Government’s multi-stakeholder Supply Chains Working Group formed part of the agenda with the government announcing  some measures it intends to implement and others that continue to be investigated. Other issues on the agenda included labour exploitation, forced marriage and compensation for those who have been trafficked. Read more… 

Time for an Act against Modern Slavery

Posted in December 2nd, 2016

afn_letter_to_pm_2016_resized_420wAustralian Faith Leaders Against Slavery

Eighteen national faith leaders of the Australian Freedom Network have called on the Federal Government for an Act of Parliament to discourage slavery-like conditions both in Australia and in our trading partners.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to coincide with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, leaders of Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish faith wrote:

“Australia has an opportunity to lead and an opportunity to learn from what has worked and not worked in other countries to identify, mitigate and eradicate modern slavery,”

Read the full letter to Prime Minister Turnbull here.


16 Days 16 Stories

Posted in November 24th, 2016

16_days_logo_english16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

The UN sponsored 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence takes place from 25th November to 10th December each. This year Mercy Global Action at the United Nations in partnership with the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd as part of this campaign presents #16Days16Stories. The campaign focuses on the experience of formerly trafficked women and girls who give testimony to gender discrimination and marginalization from childhood into early adulthood.

Their stories, told in their own words, highlight the many human rights violations and cumulative disadvantages in their life journeys. Through their stories, survivor advocates provide key insights into preventative measures to end human trafficking. A series of 16 videos based on the publication ‘I Have a Voice: Trafficked Women-In Their Own Words’ has been developed for the campaign. These videos will be launched consecutively throughout the 16-day campaign, highlighting the stories of women who have been trafficked, as well as providing questions to reflect upon, points to ponder and actions for advocacy. To view videos click here.

Pope Francis Meets RENATE

Posted in November 23rd, 2016

Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation

pope-with-renateThe 2nd European Assembly of RENATE (Religious of Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) took place in Rome 6th-12th Nov 2016. During the Assembly participants attended an audience with Pope Francis. In addressing the Assembly Pope Francis said:

“As you well know, one of the challenges to this work of advocacy, education and coordination is a certain indifference and even complicity, a tendency on the part of many to look the other way where powerful economic interests and networks of crime are at play.” (Photo: Read more…

RENATE: A Mapping Across Europe

Posted in November 23rd, 2016

cover-for-renate-mapping_smallMapping the Extent of Human Trafficking In Europe

The RENATE Mapping Across Europe Report provides rich insights into the contribution being made by women religious, their congregations and associates in the world-wide efforts to bring an end to Human Trafficking. The report illustrates the diverse actions undertaken by RENATE members in 13 countries from East, Central and Western Europe. These actions range from victim protection through shelters, to education-awareness, informing policy, recovery and integration, advocacy as well as campaigning.

In the preface of this document RENATE President Sr Imelda Poole states:
” this work seeks to inform the reader about the relevant legislative framework and European guidance regarding human trafficking. It also outlines the work of the stakeholders in these countries, the purpose of the national referral mechanisms, and examples of good practice. It highlights the processes used for this exercise, including the questionnaire template. This document supported the key researcher in seeking best practice and in exposing the challenges faced in that place in identification and support of victims of the crime. The Mapping Exercise has also made an assessment of existing systems, country by country, and possible loopholes and risks of abuse and exploitation in these systems.” Read more…

Special Rapporteur For Migrants in Australia

Posted in November 22nd, 2016

mr-francois-crepeauVisit of UN Human Rights Expert

The UN Special Rapporteur for Migrants is Mr François Crépeau. Special Rapporteurs are independent from any government or organization. Their role is to make fact finding visits to countries to investigate human rights compliance for various themes. Mr Crépeau visited Australia 1-18 November “to assess, in a spirit of cooperation and dialogue, the situation of migrants and asylum seekers.”

In his end of mission statement Mr Crépeau commented on the exploitation of migrant workers in Australia. While welcoming the various types of visa options for migrants to work in Australia he expressed concern in finding out about “the exploitation of migrants on working holiday visas, as well as of asylum seekers on bridging visas, by employers in Australia, as migrants in general refrain from reporting, protesting and mobilising due to their fear of seeing their visa cancelled, being held in immigration detention, or deported. They are made to work long hours and paid wages that are below the minimum wage in Australia, often in the construction, agricultural and hospitality industries. Temporary work visas may therefore increase the vulnerability of migrant workers. Competent oversight mechanisms, including the Fair Work Ombudsman, need to be better deployed and funded to combat such exploitation.” (Photo: Read more…

C 2011 ACRATH Inc – Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans