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Interfaith Tool Kit on Human Trafficking

Posted in January 5th, 2017

tool-kitInformation, Resources and Suggested Actions

An Interfaith Toolkit has been prepared by Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community Working Group on Human Trafficking. The toolkit contains basic information about trafficking, as well as specific information on the connection between consumerism and trafficking, which is the theme of the 2017 toolkit. We encourage communities to focus on the way in which consumerism and lack of accountability in business supply chains result in millions of people being trafficked or enslaved. The toolkit also contains faith-based resources for several faith traditions, including prayers, scriptures, statements, fact sheets and resolutions. Finally, the toolkit contains ideas for local faith communities to take action against human trafficking, as well as links to additional print and multimedia resources. Download here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in January 5th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 1

The first issue of Stop Trafficking! for 2017 explores the growing victimization of people, especially women and children, in the sex trade in North America. Articles include Human trafficking rampant in Canada, Deadly human trafficking business on Mexico-Us Boarder, Human Trafficking flourishes in US cities and Consumer power matters.  Download your copy here.

UNODC Trafficking In Persons Report 2016

Posted in December 28th, 2016

unodc-tip-report-2016Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime has released the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. In the preface to this report Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC) wrote:

“Perhaps the most worrying development is that the movement of refugees and migrants, the largest seen since World War II, has arguably intensified since 2014. As this crisis has unfolded, and climbed up the global agenda, there has been a corresponding recognition that, within these massive migratory movements, are vulnerable children, women and men who can be easily exploited by smugglers and traffickers.”

The report outlines patterns of trafficking in persons, trafficking flows and legislative and criminal justice response to trafficking in persons across the globe. Read more…

australian-government-reportReport of Interdepartmental Committee 2015-2016

The eighth  report of Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery Practices has been released. The report outlines the work of the Australian Government and its partners to combat human trafficking and slavery in the period 1st July  2015 – 30th June 2016. The report indicates that the Australian Federal Police  received 169 new referrals relating to human trafficking and slavery matters in 2015–16, taking the total to 691 since 2004. Of these referrals 69 related to forced marriage. During this period there was a conviction for child trafficking, the second in Australia. The document also give a report on the work being undertaken by NGOs including ACRATH. Read more…

tiAustralian Institute of Criminology Publication

The Australian Institute of Criminology has released the latest paper in the Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice series (No. 527?December 2016). This publication, Migrating for work and study: The role of the migration broker in facilitating workplace exploitation, human trafficking and slavery, examines the role of migration brokers in alleged and finalised cases of migrant exploitation ranging from low pay and hazardous working conditions to more severe forms involving debt bondage, forced labour and other slavery-like practices. Read more…

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… 

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