A Journey in Activism

Anne Gallagher is a true veteran in the field of anti-trafficking, with a record of engagement on this issue that goes back to the late 1990s when she was working at the United Nations Human Rights Office in Geneva. At that time, she was asked by Mary Robinson, the-then High Commissioner for Human Rights, to…

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Activism with Young People

Jess Brady wants young people to get the message about human trafficking so they become life long advocates of change. “I was late to the party on this one. Even though I had always been involved in social justice, the issues around human trafficking and modern day slavery weren’t on my radar,” said Jess, a…

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Activism through Research

Melbourne researcher Erin Cassell recalls volunteering to do a few hours work evaluating an ACRATH project. That was 10 years ago and since then she has done several major evaluations, which were used in Federal Government grant applications and reports. Erin has also taken on many research projects, the latest looking at coronial reports into…

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Activism and Hope

Mary Cameron joined ACRATH’s Victorian group three years ago and already she has made her mark. She pulled together the 2019 Christmas raffle that raised $1000 for anti-trafficking work. The United Nations 16 days of activism against gender-based violence begins on 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends…

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Activism in Prisons

Caritas Australia CEO Kirsty Robertson travelled to Cambodia early in 2020 and met some of the women most vulnerable to human trafficking because of poverty and lack of education. As part of the UN 16 Days Campaign against gender-based violence, Kirsty, through a Q & A, talked about the risks faced by Cambodian women leaving…

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Stories of Activism in WA

ACRATH members in Western Australia are good at raising much-needed funds, given the organisation runs without any government funding. But Heather McNaught knows that every speaking and social engagement is an opportunity to spread the word about human trafficking. “It’s never just about the money. But it is always about telling the stories, advocating for…

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Research and Awareness Raising

As a child, Samita Rai would hear stories of children being kidnapped and sold into brothels or circuses. When she was older, she witnessed some of her peers leave school, only to learn they had been sent somewhere, to marry someone. She didn’t call it forced marriage then – she does now. After years of…

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Forced Marriage in Australia

Forced marriage happens in Australia. This is *Tamin and *Shamira’s story… (* not their real names) Tamin 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. Tamin did not want to leave Australia to marry a stranger. She made…

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Activism through Advocacy

Liz Morris’ contribution to the work of ACRATH has been enormous. In 2020 she drafted ACRATH’s submission to the Senate’s Select Committee on Temporary Migration, which is looking into the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. The submission draws upon the many years…

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November Action Against Trafficking

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is observed from 25th November to 10th December. Human trafficking and modern slavery are forms of Gender Based Violence. According to the  UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2020 for every 10 victims detected globally, about five were adult women and two were girls. Begin…

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political…

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Australia’s Slavery Past

A lunchtime webinar exploring Australia’s early days of slavery will be held on 2nd December as part of the UN’s 16-Days campaign against gender based violence. The 16 days of activism begins on 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on 10th December – Human Rights Day. Human trafficking,…

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