Forced Marriage & Servile Marriage

Forced Marriage & Servile Marriage

  • Believing Women for a Culture of Peace February 26, 2020
    Believing Women for a Culture of Peace invite you to celebrate international Women’s Day on 8th March by attending a presentation on Forced Marriage and Modern Slavery. Presenters at the event will be ACRATH members Liz Payne and Janine Bliss. Event details are as follows: Date: 8th March 2020 Time: 1.30-3.30 pm Place: Centre for Interfaith and ...
  • Forced Marriage Awareness December 11, 2019
    On the final day of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival ACRATH members Liz and Kathy held a workshop attended by 130 young people, on Forced Marriage and the referral pathways. The workshop was based on case studies with the young people asked to identify the common complexities, sensitivities and risk that need to be considered ...
  • ACRATH Advocates at Youth Festival December 8, 2019
    Members of ACRATH in Western Australia have been busy preparing to take part in the Australia Catholic Youth Festival 8-10 December in Perth. The stall is now ready to welcome the pilgrims who will attend the festival. During the Festival ACRATH participated in a number of workshops: Three ACRATH members, Kathy, Liz and Tori, presented a ...
  • ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable December 7, 2019
    ACRATH President & National Executive Officer, Noelene Simmons sm & Christine Carolan, recently participated in the 11th annual meeting of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. Held in Parliament House Canberra, the event was convened by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP. Also in ...
  • Extent of Human Tragedy in South Australia November 29, 2019
    Research from South Australia’s Flinders University has focussed on the 18 people documented to have been trafficked in South Australia between 2004 and 2019; the majority have been young women forced to marry. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has referred the 18 suspected victims of human trafficking in SA to the Support for Trafficked People ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum in South Australia October 23, 2019
    On the 12th of September ACRATH SA organised a Human Trafficking Forum in collaboration with Flinders College of Business Government and Law and SA Red Cross. A copy of the forum programme can be accessed here. Speakers presented on numerous issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, including forced marriage, wage theft, labour exploitation, both ...
  • Forced Marriage Awareness Raising October 14, 2019
    ACRATH member Stancea Vichie mss recently gave a presentation on Forced Marriage to the Anglican Mothers’ Union at their church in Ormond, Melbourne. Stancea outlined the problem of forced marriage here in Australia and beyond.  ACRATH is grateful for the fund raising the Anglican Mothers’ Union conducted to support our work in raising awareness about this ...
  • Actions for September August 31, 2019
    The September page of the 2019 ACRATH calendar reminds us that forced labour happens in Australia. Forced labour is more that a bad job. It happens when a person is not free to stop working because of threats, coercion or deception. Migrant workers and international students are particularly vulnerable. Anti-Slavery Australia offers specialist legal assistance ...
  • SDGs and Child Marriage August 19, 2019
    Child Marriage is a global problem with 21% of young women being married before they are 18 years old (UNICEF). Unless this practice is ended 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be realised. Child marriage is a human rights issue. Young girls have a right to education, to safety, to living ...
  • Forced Marriage Education in Toowoomba August 7, 2019
    ACRATH members Stancea Vichie mss and Deidre Gardiner rsm were recently joined by the Executive Officer of Highways and Byways, Liz McAloon, to discuss the workshops on Forced Marriage that will take place in Toowoomba in the coming months. ACRATH is grateful to Highways and Byways for their support of this project. Highways & Byways ...
  • Actions for August August 1, 2019
    In the August Page of the 2019 ACRATH Calendar we find the issue of forced marriage highlighted. ACRATH works in schools so that students, at risk of a forced marriage, know what to do and where to go. If you would like more information, or to arrange a training session in your school, contact [email protected] During August we ...
  • ACRATH meets with Archbishop Comensoli July 31, 2019
    Clare Griffin csb, ACRATH Co-ordinator Victoria, and Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, met with Melbourne’s Archbishop Peter Comensoli on 31 July. They discussed the recent ACRATH advocacy visit to Canberra with him. They also explored ways to promote awareness raising with regard to human trafficking, forced marriage and forced labour, particularly across different demographics.  
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2019
    “On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres The World Day Against Trafficking in Person is held each year on 30th July. Every country in the world is affect by the crime of human trafficking. Traffickers target the ...
  • ACRATH combats forced marriage in Australia July 8, 2019
    Samin was 20 when she discovered her parents intended sending her out of Australia to marry in another country. She had been promised to a relative. Samin did not want to leave Australia to marry a stranger. She made contact with an agency and disclosed the imminent marriage. The person she spoke to had participated ...
  • It Happens in Australia June 20, 2019
    Human trafficking and slavery takes on many forms. And yes, it happens here in Australia. An article authored by UTS Professor of Law, Jennifer Burn, explains some of the forms of human trafficking and slavery experienced in Australia. Comic genre is used to illustrate experiences of domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced labour and servitude. The ...
  • Call to Help Combat Modern Day Slavery June 12, 2019
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has launched its national fund-raising appeal today in a bid to raise $400,000 to continue its work fighting human trafficking and modern slavery. ACRATH now relies entirely on donations after last year losing its $125,000 a year grant from the Federal Government. ACRATH’s Executive Officer Christine Carolan said the ...
  • Forced Marriage: Community Voices, Stories and Strategies June 4, 2019
    The Australian Red Cross recently launched their report Forced Marriage: Community Voices, Stories and Strategies, which can be accessed on the Red Cross website. Red Cross’s experience working with individuals and communities impacted by forced marriage has shown that across many communities, there are members who are applying appropriate and effective strategies to negotiate good outcomes and ...
  • WA Events Raise Awareness about Forced Marriage April 17, 2019
    March 12th to 15th 2019 provided four days of events in WA to raise awareness and educate over 300 frontline responders, service organisations, government and non-government organisations, members of the clergy and members of the education community of Perth and beyond. On Tuesday 12th March, 120 members of 61 organisations came together for the WA Inaugural ...
  • Donations Keep ACRATH Afloat December 19, 2018
    ACRATH will continue its anti-trafficking programs and advocacy, despite losing $125,000 Federal Government funding in June. Following the funding blow, ACRATH launched a national fundraising campaign and has been overwhelmed with the response. ACRATH’s Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said the organisation is deeply grateful for the support and the generosity of people, especially religious groups, who ...
  • ACRATH Office Opens in WA October 29, 2018
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) will open an office in Perth on October 29 to further its work nationally. The office has been provided by the Archdiocese of Perth and will be staffed by ACRATH volunteers.  ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said “ACRATH’s anti-trafficking work, particularly our work to eliminate forced ...
  • Canberra Advocacy Report August 21, 2018
    ACRATH’s week of advocacy in the Australian Parliament in 2018 saw a team of 14 ACRATH members and colleagues in Canberra to advocate for improved approaches to combatting human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking and slavery-like practices, and forced marriage. Several weeks of preparation at ACRATH’s office preceded the team’s arrival in Canberra for an afternoon of orientation, preparation ...
  • Why No Prosecutions? June 23, 2018
    Victims Reluctant to Come Forward Forced Marriage became a criminal offence in March 2013 but to date there have been no prosecutions despite 230 cases being referred to the Australian Federal Police. At the recent inaugural conference on forced marriage participants from Australia and beyond considered the reasons for this situation. Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery ...
  • When Saying No I Not an Option June 17, 2018
    Forced Marriage in Australia and New Zealand The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a research paper entitled When saying no is not an option: Forced marriage in Australia and New Zealand.  In  a media statement releasing the report the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Alex Hawke MP, said “This report is the first of its kind ...
  • Forced Marriage put on the Agenda in Toowoomba June 5, 2018
    Learning about this Assault on Human Dignity A series of events in Toowoomba has created awareness of the risk of forced marriage of young women and provided support for people in how best to respond. The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba organised the visit by Liz Payne, a forced marriage expert with ACRATH who facilitated the ...
  • Be the Voice of the Voiceless April 17, 2018
    Defend Victims of Modern Slavery While in Western Australia sharing some of his experiences of missionary work in Taiwan, Columban priest Fr Peter O’Neill SSC told his audience that the Church needs to “show the love of Christ towards migrants and defend those who are victims of human trafficking. We have to be the voice of ...
  • ACRATH Conference Inspires Action March 14, 2018
    Planning On-Going Action The recent ACRATH National Conference held in Sydney had as its theme Working to Eliminate Human Trafficking: Reclaiming the Vision; Planning On-going Action. Participants appreciated the opportunity to deepen their understanding about issues such as Forced Marriage, Forced Labour and Slavery in Supply Chains, and to reflect on action that might be taken ...
  • Prevent Forced Marriage March 12, 2018
    After attending the 2018 ACRATH Conference session on Forced Marriage Fr Ray suggests a way to offer support to women who have been forced into a marriage or who may be fearful of this happening.
  • Celebrating International Womens Day March 8, 2018
    #PressforProgress International Womens Day is a significant event on the ACRATH calendar. On this day we join with others in pressing for progress. In the 2017 report of the UN Secretary General on the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, António Guterres indicated “gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities.” ACRATH ...
  • Learning About Forced Marriage March 7, 2018
    ? A member of ANZRATH (Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) was present at the ACRATH National Conference in February 2018. Sr Adrienne shared her thoughts following on from the session on forced marriage.
  • Working to Eliminate Human Trafficking February 28, 2018
    Reclaiming the Vision ACRATH members from across Australia have gathered in Baulkham Hills for their annual conference. The theme of the 2018 conference is working to Eliminate Human Trafficking: Reclaiming the Vision; Planning On-going Action. The conference opened with ACRATH President Sr Noelene Simmons delivering the ACRATH Annual Report. The remainder of the conference will focus ...
  • Greater Access to Support February 15, 2018
    Minister Announces  Enhanced Support for Victims of  Forced Marriage ACRATH is delighted with the news that, for a trial period of twelve months, victims of forced marriage in Australia will be able to access support from the Support for Trafficked People Program for 200 days (formerly only  90 days were possible). In making this announcement Assistant ...
  • Economic Impacts of Child Marriage December 24, 2017
    Negative Impacts on Girls, their Children, Families, Communities and Nations Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals has as one of its targets to “eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.” A recent study suggests that many countries have begun to adopt strategies to end the practice and investments are ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 7, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 10 The October 2017 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the role of the legal profession and law in stemming human trafficking. Articles in this issue include Pro bono lawyers fight for trafficked persons, Child marriage, Tahirih Justice Centre and Business law and social responsibility. Download a copy of the October issue ...
  • Promising Azra May 19, 2017
    A Book About Forced Marriage in Australia ‘Promising Azra’, by the Australian writer, Helen Thurloe, was published in 2016.  It is a novel which centres around the life of a sixteen year old student, who because of recent academic success is given a place in a nationwide science competition.  Little does she know that as she prepares ...
  • Best Practice to Combat Forced Marriage May 16, 2017
    Exchanging Knowledge, Building Relationships ACRATH joined three other Australian organisations for a forced marriage fact finding mission and information exchange to Jakarta recently. A focus of the two-day event was how to reduce child and forced marriage in Indonesia and Australia. Participants also explored many of the cultural and religious practices driving forced marriage. The April event ...
  • Forced Marriage in Melbourne January 31, 2017
    Melbourne Magistrate Court Charges Cleric In 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 ...
  • Australian Government Response to Human Trafficking December 22, 2016
    Report 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 ...
  • Breaking the Chain of Forced Marriage December 7, 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 ...
  • Learning About Human Trafficking November 17, 2016
    Training Day for Teachers On Friday 28th Oct, the Education group conducted the fourth of its major Education Training days for senior secondary teachers. Once again Melbourne Catholic Education supported ACRATH by providing the venue and catering for the participants, in addition to granting Professional Development Accreditation  to participants. We were delighted to have three excellent ...
  • Motion to Provide Forced Marriage Awareness Raising November 9, 2016
    Work of ACRATH Supported Mr Graham Perrett MP, ALP Member for the Federal electorate of Moreton put forth a motion in the House of Representatives on Monday 7th November calling on the Federal Government to “immediately renew funding to further provide awareness of child marriage and forced marriage in Australian schools and the broader community.” In ...
  • Young Girls at Risk of Forced Marriage November 1, 2016
    Forced Marriage is a Criminal Offence in Australia Despite legislation being introduced to criminalise forced marriage in Australia in 2013 the practice is continuing. Young girls are being taken out of Australia to marry men who are often much older. This is a form of child trafficking. Here in Australia they are also being taken out ...
  • New Zealand Bans Forced Marriages September 21, 2016
    New Domestic Violence Legislation On 13th September 2013 the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, announced changes to the Domestic Violence Act. Among the fifty changes was the banning of  coercive or forced marriages. The legislative changes have been welcome by a number of anti-domestic violence charities including Shine, Women’s Refuge New Zealand and Shakti New Zealand. Read ...
  • My Rights – My Future: forced marraige September 6, 2016
    New Learning & Teaching Resource A new learning and teaching resource relating to forced marriage has been made available on the mybluesky website: https://www.mybluesky.org.au/learn-more/resources/ My Rights – My Future forced marriage A Kit of Learning and Teaching Materials and support documents for Australian Secondary Schools: Issued April 2016 Together with nine pilot schools, and numerous government and non-government organisations, ACRATH  (Australian ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter August 2, 2016
    Latest ACRATH News Once again the ARATH Newsletter highlights the many activities ACRATH members have been engaged in across Australia during recent months. Read about human trafficking awareness raising events in Western Australia, Music for Freedom in NSW, engagement with Australian Catholic University students, a religious education conference in Melbourne and a forced marriage awareness raising and education ...
  • The World We Want June 30, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvQjBjqmNLM End Child Marriage Every year, approximately 14 million girls are married before they turn 18, robbed of their rights to education, health and a life free of violence. Child marriage undermines our efforts to build a healthier, safer, just and more prosperous world for all. Solutions exist. Child marriage can end. But we must work together. This new ...
  • We Are Girls, Not Brides June 26, 2016
    Child Marriage in Africa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUehNPRin5o Child marriage is very prevalent in Africa. A young Zambian women wrote a song about child marriage and got her classmates sing it with her. Girls Not Brides filmed the song launching the video on the Day of the African Child (June 16)
  • Voices of Women – I Don’t June 9, 2016
    Forced Marriage in Australia https://vimeo.com/143703856 Despite being illegal, forced marriage is practiced in Australia. As a community we are starting to understand both the nature and extent of forced marriage in our community. Voices of Women – I Don’t is a film clip released by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). CMY is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting ...
  • Child Trafficking After Earthquake June 2, 2016
    Child Traffickers Target Vulnerable Children When a 7.6 quake caused huge loss of life and devastation of homes child traffickers took advantage of children who had lost their families and were homeless. The traffickers sold children into child labour, forced marriage and sexual servitude. Poor people were also targeted by organ traffickers who offered quick cash ...
  • Strategies to End Child Marriage April 28, 2016
    Check 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 ...
  • Forced Marriage from a Gender Perspective February 25, 2016
    Report on Forced Marriage in the EU Forced marriage from a gender perspective is a report giving an overview of the practice of forced marriage in the EU from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. It analyses the definitions of forced marriage and puts forward a definition from a gender perspective. It also provides an overview ...
  • ACRATH Develops Forced Marriage Education Kit January 10, 2016
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has developed a forced marriage education kit for government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia to raise awareness and to educate people about what they can do if they, or someone they know, is being forced into a marriage. The material and kit, My Rights – My Future: ...
  • Forced Marriage Laws Strengthened in Australia December 2, 2015
    Clearer Definition and Stronger Penalties for Offenders The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Act 2015 came into force on Friday 27 November 2015. This act makes it clear forced marriage includes situations where a person is not able to understand the nature and effect of marriage for reasons such as age and mental ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2016 November 30, 2015
    Anti-Trafficking Resource Calendar National and international efforts to combat human trafficking and forced labour in Australia are showcased in ACRATH’s 2016 calendar produced by long time ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) member Sr Janine Bliss fmm. The calendar illustrates the range of projects and people collaborating to combat the problem, described by ...
  • International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women November 25, 2015
    White Ribbon Day 2015 Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). In 1999 the United Nations called on all governments, organisations and NGOs ...
  • Speaking Up about Forced Marriage September 20, 2015
    Jasvinder Sanghera to Visit Australia ACRATH is pleased to be supporting the visit of Jasvinder Sanghera, a forced marriage survivor and an internationally renowned author and activist. For the first time in Australia, Jasvinder will share her life story and help break the silence on violence against women. Join an event from from 6-8pm for drinks, canapés and a conversation that matters. Tickets ...
  • Canberra Advocacy Report September 18, 2015
    ACRATH Newsletter September 2015 Eleven ACRATH advocates were in Canberra for advocacy from 06 to 11 September. During the visit ACRATH was able to acknowledge the recent positive changes to the Human Trafficking Visa Framework and the establishment of the Supply Chains Working Group of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. The two main advocacy points for this ...
  • ACRATH in Federal Parliament September 9, 2015
    Advocacy Visit is Under Way On Sunday 6th September eleven ACRATH members gathered in Canberra to prepare for their week of advocacy in Parliament House. The two key advocacy issues for this visit relate to forced marriage and forced labour. After two days of advocacy we can say we have had some remarkable uptake of our key ...
  • ACRATH to Advocate in Federal Parliament September 4, 2015
    Forced Marriage and Forced Labour Issues Beginning on Monday 7th September ten ACRATH members will begin their annual week of advocacy in Federal Parliament.  During their time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Ministerial advisors, Departmental staff and Embassy staff. ACRATH will acknowledge the work of the Australian Government in reviewing the Human ...
  • Aiming to Reduce Violence Against Women September 1, 2015
    Family Safety Pack The Australia Government has recently released a Family Safety Pack in an effort to reduce violence against women, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. It provides information  on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage. The pack also explains the rights of women coming into ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter August 2015 August 23, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News Read about ACRATH’s recent activities in the August 2015 ACRATH Newsletter.  Articles include the Forced Marriage Project, advocacy regarding forced labour, an update on the recent Attorney-General’s Department Grant to ACRATH, and many others. Download your copy of the Newsletter here.
  • Combatting Forced Marriage in Australia August 13, 2015
    House of Representatives Passes New Legislation The Hon Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, has announced the passing of new legislation on Forced Marriage by the House of Representatives.  These laws clarify what constitutes a forced marriage and introduce tougher penalties for those who cause a forced marriage to occur. Under the new legislation a child under ...
  • Jail Sentence for Father of Child Bride July 17, 2015
    Twelve Year Old Girl Married in Ceremony at Family Home The father of a twelve year old girl has been sentenced to six years in jail after he allowed her marriage.  The girl, now thirteen, was married to a 26-year-old man in a ceremony by a local sheikh at the family home in the Hunter Valley last year. ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter May 2015 May 13, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News The May 2015 issue of ACRATH News is now available.  It reports on experiences of networking in Rome, the 2015 Easter campaign and current advocacy issues.  An update on the government funded Forced Marriage Project is given. Liz Payne, the new employed Forced Marriage Project Worker, is also introduced. To find out more about ACRATH’s ...
  • Forced Marriage in Australia March 29, 2015
    Husband and Father Charged A twelve year old girl  was married in the back yard at the family home in the Hunter Valley by a local sheikh in January 2014. The girl now 13 miscarried after falling pregnant. The twenty seven year old “husband” has been sentenced to a minimum of seven and a half years in jail while the father is currently on ...
  • Federal Government Acts to Prevent Forced Marriage March 20, 2015
    Safety Plan Guidelines and Introductionn of New Legislation on Forced Marriage On 19th March 2015 Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, announced that to assist young women and girls at risk of forced marriage in developing secret safety plans to escape the illegal practice the Australian Government has uploaded a how-to guide to the Attorney-General’s Department website.  The ...
  • National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery December 7, 2014
    ACRATH Members Present at Launch ACRATH members were present when the Australian Government recently launched two important documents – the National Action Plan to combat Human Trafficking and Slavery and the Forced Marriage Community Pack. In releasing the National Action Plan Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, said, “Now is the time for a new vision; one ...
  • End Child, Early & Forced Marriage November 24, 2014
    Historic Resolution of UN General Assembly The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly of the United Nations has agreed that members should pass laws banning child marriages.  According to UN statistics there are now more that 700 million women who were married before their 18th birthday with child marriages afffecting about 15 million girls every year. ...
  • Progress on Ending Child Marriage October 26, 2014
    UNICEF Report A recent UNICEF report indicates that the practice of child marriage is slowly declining. “Progress is most dramatic when it comes to the marriage of girls under 15 years of age. Globally, 1 in 4 young women alive today were married in childhood versus 1 in 3 in the early 1980s. The proportion of young ...
  • UN Experts Stress Empowerment of Girls October 12, 2014
    Empowerment Vital to End Violence Against Women and Girls On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child a group of United Nations experts have stressed the importance of empowering adolescent girls to reach their potential is a key factor in eliminating violence against women and girls.  “Empowerment through skills and education of girls to ...
  • Protect People Trafficked into Australia September 21, 2014
    Join the Campaign The Salvation Army and ACRATH are currently advocating to prevent the passage of certain provisions in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendments (2014 Budget Measures) 2014 Bill No. 2, (Schedule 9). If passed, individuals under 30 applying for Special Benefit will become subject to a six month exclusion period. This includes victims of slavery ...
  • Human Trafficking Not Confined to Poor Countries September 13, 2014
    Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations In an address to the 27th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, chose slavery as the theme of his address.  While referring to a number of tragic forms of contemporary slavery that have recently attracted the attention of ...
  • ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable August 5, 2014
    National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, convened the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery on Monday 14th July in Parliament House, Canberra.  Four government Ministers attended the meeting along with government agencies, non-government organisations and industry bodies. At the meeting Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, was able to raise some ...
  • Just Married, Just a child July 23, 2014
    Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region Plan International Australia has released a report entitled Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region.  The report was written by Mark Evenhuis, Plan International Australia (international content) and Jennifer Burn, Anti-Slavery Australia (Australian content).  Child marriage is a breech of the human rights of the child.  It ...
  • Marriage and Partner Migration to Australia June 16, 2014
    Australian Institute of Criminology(AIC) Research & Public Policy No 124 Research described in the latest AIC Research & Public Policy Paper is the first in Australia to confirm that marriage has been used to recruit or attract women to Australia for the purposes of exploitation as domestic servants, to provide private or commercial sexual services and/or to be exploited in the ...
  • Who, If, When to Marry June 3, 2014
    Incidence of Forced Marriage in Canada The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, or SALCO, recently released a report on its findings looking at 219 cases of forced marriage that were identified in the province between 2010 and 2012.  The report, titled Who/If/When to Marry: The Incidence of Forced Marriage in Ontario, found that both men and women in ...
  • Preventing & Eliminating Early, Child & Forced Marriage May 31, 2014
    Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report outlining some of the factors that contribute to early, child and forced marriage and analyses existing measures to address and eliminate it.  The report states that “empirical evidence ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 28, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 5 The May 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking looks at the the issues concerning oppressive cultural biases and traditions that have led to human trafficking related crimes that affect women and children. One article, Hotline to Help  Child Brides, tells of the efforts of Dr Eman Sharobeem’s efforts to set ...
  • Protecting the Girl Child April 4, 2014
    Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage Equality Now, in partnership with TrustLaw Connect and Latham & Watkins LLP, carried out a sample survey of the legal position on child marriage and some of the interconnected issues in 18 sample countries. Child marriage is practised across the globe. The sample country reports look at ...
  • Under Age and Forced Marriages in Australia February 18, 2014
    Coercing Someone to Marry is a Crime It has been alleged that an iman married a 12 year old girl to a 26 year old man in NSW.  The girl has been placed in foster care while the 26 year old has been charged with having sex with a child and the iman has been charged ...
  • Plight of Women Trafficked into Servitude February 5, 2014
    Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Study The AIC has released a study entitled Help-seeking strategies of victim/survivors of human trafficking involving partner migration.  Co-authors of the Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice paper,  Kelly Richards and Samantha Lyneham, presented this paper after research that involved interviewing eight migrant women who escaped from situations where they found themselves ...
  • Forced Marriage in the UK January 27, 2014
    January – December 2012 Statistics The UK Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) has released statistics for 2012.  The report indicates the FMU gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1485 cases.  The age range of victims was from 71  down to 2 years of age. Read more here or for more information about Forced Marriage visit ...
  • Exploitation of People Through Trafficking December 23, 2013
    Community Relations Committee of NSW Inquiry An inquiry conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW has found that exploitation of people frequently happens in family homes and businesses.  It continues to involve women in the sex industry but forced marriage and labour exploitation also occurs.  In releasing the report, the Chair of the CRC, Stepan Kerkyasharian, said ...
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery December 2, 2013
    “End Modern-Day Slavery and Servitude” The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date in 1949 of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The focus of this day is on eradicating ...
  • Teenagers Put Names on Airport Watch Lists September 2, 2013
    Girls as Young as 14 Forced to Marry Overseas Girls as young as 14 are being forced to go overseas to marry older men and have their children according to a recent newspaper report.  These young women are often told by their parents they are going on a holiday but upon arriving at their destination they ...
  • Invitation to Human Trafficking Forum August 26, 2013
    Trafficking in Australia? Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) invites you to attend a forum on Human Trafficking.  This is an opportunity to learn about modern day slavery.  Where does it happen? Why does it happen? What forms does it take? What is forced marriage? How does it affect us? There are two possible dates and venues.  Choose the one that best suits you.  For ...
  • Married as Compensation at Age 5! August 18, 2013
    Child Brides in Pakistan In Pakistan children as young as five are being forcibly married off as compensation for family and tribal disputes.  The custom known as ‘swara” is illegal but there were 180 reported cases in 2012 with many more cases remaining undetected.  The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported, “According to tradition, the compensation should ...
  • Annual Report of Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons July 9, 2013
    Demand as a Factor in Fostering Exploitation and Trafficking of Persons The UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially women and children has presented her annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.  “Demands for sexual exploitation, for cheap labour and domestic workers, for organ removal and sale, for illicit adoption and forced marriages, ...
  • Forced and Servile Marriage in the Context of Human Trafficking May 16, 2013
    Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Report The Crimes Amendment Legislation (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013 has made forced marriage a crime under Australian law.  A forced marriage is defined as a marriage that is not freely and fully consented to because of the use of coercion, threat or deception.  In Australia there is a ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 16, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 5 The May 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking concentrates on the issue of Forced Marriage.  It includes articles on Forced Marriage Prevention and Handling Forced Marriage Cases.  The newsletter reminds us of the importance of girls being valued and educated to promote child rights and prevent poverty. Download the May Issue ...
  • No to People Trafficking. No to Slavery. March 8, 2013
    Prime Minister Gillard’s Announcement for International Women’s Day At an International Women’s Day Breakfast in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Act was signed into law by the Governor General on 7th March 2013.  She also indicated that Australia is  updating its National Action Plan to combat trafficking, ...
  • Australian Senate Passes Slavery Bill February 27, 2013
    Forced Labour, Forced Marriage and Organ Trafficking Now Criminal Offences ACRATH has received with great joy the news that the Australian Senate today passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012.  ACRATH took part in the consultations that led to the drafting of this Bill and along with other NGOS such as ...
  • Forced Marriage & Labour Trafficking in Australia February 22, 2013
    ACRATH National Conference 2013 In Randwick on 19 February Catholic Religious and colleagues heard case studies of young Australian women forced into marriage in their parents’ home countries. They heard that new Australian legislation will criminalise forced marriage and empower the young women threatened with forced marriage. Speaking on this topic was Associate Professor of Law ...
  • Fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking December 10, 2012
    ACRATH Delegates at National Roundatable ACRATH members, Christine Carolan and Margaret Ng, attended the fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking.  Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, convenor of the Roundtable, announced that there will be a revision of Australia’s national action plan to combat trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, such as forced marriage.  Consultation with stakeholders will take ...
  • ACRATH Responds to Inquiry November 12, 2012
    Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking The Human Rights Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recently called for submissions into an Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking.  ACRATH responded to this inquiry with a submission that acknowledged the work that has been done by the Australian ...
  • Senate Report Released September 13, 2012
    Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 In June 2012 the Senate referred the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 for inquiry.  ACRATH has been involved in the various inquiries that contributed to the drafting of this Bill and also made a submission for the Senate inquiry.  After ...
  • Mountain Wolf May 31, 2012
    Roseanne Hawke Supports Children Whose Lives Have Been Traded Written by Roseanne Hawke, Mountain Wolf is the fictitious story of Razaq Khan who lives in the Pakistani tribal area of Kala Dhaka,BlackMountain. When an earthquake ravishes his family home, his dying father tells him to go to his uncle Javaid in Rawalpindi.  A man preying on orphans ...
  • Hidden Exploitation April 17, 2012
    Women in Forced Labour, Marriage and Migration Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand commissioned Anti-Slavery Australia in partnership with the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, to prepare an evidence based review in relation to labour rights for women and girls in Australia. The report examines emerging areas of concern and focuses on ...
  • Fourth National Roundtable on People Trafficking November 25, 2011
    Draft Legislation Announced at National Roundtable At the National NGO Roundtable on People Trafficking held in Canberra on Wednesday 23rd November the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, reported on Australia’s efforts to fight the crime of people trafficking and affirmed the work of NGOs in this area. Also present at the Roundtable ...
  • Improved Support for Victims of Human Trafficking July 25, 2011
    New Training Packages In a recent media statement issued jointly by the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for the Status of Women, and the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, it was announced that $126,960 will go to the Australian Red Cross to develop and deliver professional training to at least 500 ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum July 18, 2011
    Podcasts from Human Trafficking Forum Social Policy Connections recently hosted a forum which looked at modern day slavery.  At this forum Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of the Anti-Slavery Project, spoke of the psychological coercion that enslaves victim of human trafficking. Michaela Guthridge, Justice Development Manager at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand reflected on the issue of “sham ...
  • Child Marriage May 16, 2011
    The Bride Price:  Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide Child marriage, defined as marriage before age 18, devastates the lives of girls, their families and their communities. Widespread in many developing countries, child brides number more than 60 million worldwide. In some countries, half of the girls are married before they turn 18. Click here to read what ...
  • ACRATH Submissions for Consultation by Attorney General’s Department February 28, 2011
    The Attorney General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, and the Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, recently sought public opinion on two discussion papers related to slavery and human trafficking.  You can read the submission ACRATH made on each of these papers by clicking on the links below. The Criminal Justice Response to Slavery ...
  • Slave ‘owner’ get 8 years December 7, 2007
    A Weipa man who repeatedly raped a Filipina woman he used as a slave has been jailed for eight years. His wife was jailed for four years for her lesser role in the case. Zolton John Kovacs, 59, and his Filipina wife Melita, 49, were found guilty after a Supreme Court trial of possessing and using the ...