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Fair Trade Fortnight 6-22 May

Posted in May 8th, 2016

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016Why Support Fairtrade?

When you choose Fairtrade certified products you’re voting with your dollars for a fairer global marketplace free of child labour and the exploitation of vulnerable people. Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things fair trade & the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers & workers in developing countries. Whether you are purchasing chocolate, tea, coffee, sports equipment or cotton look for Fair Trade products. This simple action can make a difference for farmers and workers. Read more…

ACRATH Campaigning in Adelaide

Posted in April 30th, 2016

Young People Visiting Supermarkets and Dessert Bars

Young ACRATH member, Francesca, tells of young people in Adelaide raising awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry. They have been encouraging supermarkets and dessert bars to sell chocolate produced with Fairtrade cocoa.

Pope Francis: The Joy of Love

Posted in April 29th, 2016

LoveReferences to Human Trafficking in Apostolic Exhortation

In his latest Apostolic Exhortaion, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis made a number of references to human trafficking:

“Migration is particularly dramatic and devastating to families and individuals when it takes place illegally and is supported by international networks of human trafficking. This is equally true when it involves women or unaccompanied children who are forced to endure long periods of time in temporary facilities and refugee camps, where it is impossible to start a process of integration.” (Amoris Laetitia, 46)

“Extreme poverty and other situations of family breakdown sometimes even lead families to sell their children for prostitution or for organ trafficking”. (Amoris Laetitia, 46)

“The best interests of the child should always underlie any decision in adoption and foster care. On the other hand, the trafficking of children between countries and continents needs to be prevented by appropriate legislative action and state control”. (Amoris Laetitia, 180)

Music for Freedom

Posted in April 29th, 2016

Don’t Miss this Opportunity: Book Your Seats Now

Music for FreedonHave you booked your seat for Music for Freedom yet? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be entertained and support the work of ACRATH’s anti-human trafficking initiatives at the same time.

When:  Saturday 14th May at 7pm
Where: Del Monte School Hall, Strathfield, NSW
(corner of The Boulevard & Carrington Street)
Tickets: $20 per adult, $10 per child

This event, which showcases the musical talent of students from some of Sydney’s Catholic schools, will be compared by John Cleary (ABC Radio, Sunday Nights). Be sure to register online. (This facility gives the option of booking and paying at the door on the evening).


Backwards NOT Forwards

Posted in April 28th, 2016

Backwards Not ForwardsModelez Reduction in Certified Cocoa Products

Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, are trafficked to pick and harvest Cocoa beans? We believe chocolate companies have a responsibility to seriously address the key issues that contribute to children being trafficked to work on cocoa farms and prevent the physical, emotional and sexual abuse these children are subjected to. It was therefore a great disappointment when Mondelez,  the largest chocolate company in the world (they own Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone brands) did not produce a Fair Trade Easter Egg in 2016 as they had done in previous years.

What can we do? Backwards is NOT Forwards. Ask Mondelez why they have not stocked their Fairtrade Dairy Milk Egg for Easter 2016! Join the STOP THE TRAFFIK campaign. Order postcards here and send them to Mondelez asking them to increase their supply of products made with certified cocoa.

Strategies to End Child Marriage

Posted in April 28th, 2016

Girls Not Brides ChecklistCheck List from GIRLS NOT BRIDES

GIRLS NOT BRIDES is a civil society partnership of more than 550 member organisations that are based in over 70 countries. Their aim is to give the issue of child marriage worldwide attention so that strategies can be put in place to end it. In February 2016 they issued A Checklist for National Strategies to End Child Marriage. In  the introduction to the document they state:

“Every year 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. There is unprecedented recognition that child marriage infringes their rights and is a major setback to development.”

The checklist is a tool that can be used for developing national strategies to prevent this violations of human rights.  Download a copy of the resource here.

ACRATH Newsletter

Posted in April 26th, 2016

ACRATH Logo 2015 - smallLatest ACRATH News

The latest edition of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. Read about the activities ACRATH has been involved in during the first four months of this year. The Newsletter includes articles on ACRATH meetings in Canberra, Slavery Free Chocolate Easter Campaign, Visa News, ACRATH Calendar, The 2016 ACRATH National Conference, the Australian Freedom Network and many others. There is also a request for donations so that the work of ACRATH can continue into the future. Select the following links to download a copy of the ACRATH Newsletter or a Report on the 2016 ACRATH National Conference.

Revolution in the Fashion Industry

Posted in April 21st, 2016

Rana PlazaThree Years On From Rana Plaza

It’s time to reform the fashion industry!  Did you know that many of the people who make our clothes work in shameful and dangerous conditions for very low pay? Three years ago on 24 April 2013, the clothing industry’s worst industrial disaster occurred. Fast facts:

  • The Rana Plaza, an eight-storey building, constructed on swampy soil just outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, suddenly collapsed
  • 1,136 people were killed
  • More than 2,500 people were injured
  • The day before the accident, workers had pointed out large cracks in the building, but their concerns were ignored
  • Most of the casualties were poorly paid female garment workers
  • 41 people, including the building’s owner, have subsequently been charged
  • At the time, 29 global brands had recent or current orders with at least one of the five garment factories in the building

Click here to learn more and to find out what action you can take to ensure your clothes are ethically sourced.

2016 Australian Fashion Report

Posted in April 21st, 2016

Fashion Report 16The Truth Behind the Barcode

Baptist World Aid Australia have released the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. In a media release to introduce the report it is noted that “when it comes to the efforts of the Australian fashion industry, we’re continuing to see even more progress!” The report covers 87 companies representing over 300 brands. Significant improvements have been found in the policies and practices that have been put in place to mitigate the risk of child labour and forced labour in the companies’ supply chains. There is also an increase in the number of companies paying above the minimum wage to their workers. However the majority of companies are still not paying workers a living wage.

  • Download the full report and the pocket guide and use them as a guides when you are shopping
  • Tell you friends about the report
  • Write to companies that have improved their policies affirming their actions
  • Express your concerns to companies that still need to take significant action concerning their supply chains and labour practices.

Loreto Sisters at the UN

Posted in April 18th, 2016

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The Loreto Sisters (IBVM) have devoted the latest issue of IBVM at the United Nations to the issue of Human Trafficking.  The Newsletter shares stories of awareness raising, advocacy, prayer and direct attention to victims. It includes articles about how parish interfaith groups can work to eliminate human trafficking, human trafficking and forced labour in supply chains as considered at the 2016 ACRATH National Conference and awareness raising through prayer and social media just to name a few. In Australia a number of Loreto Sisters are actively engaged in the work of ACRATH. Keep up to date with the work of the Loreto Sisters at the United Nations by visiting their website –

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