Alarming Rise in Global Slavery

A new document produced by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Walk Free and the International Office for Migration (IOM) highlights an alarming increase in the number of people experiencing forced labour and forced marriage on any one day. Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage puts this figure at just on 50…

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ACRATH 2023 Calendar

ACRATH’s 2023 calendar will be available to order in late September. The calendar, which has become an important education tool for dozens of schools, parishes, workplaces and families, is produced by ACRATH QLD coordinator Sr Janine Bliss fmm, with support from ACRATH staff and volunteers. The 2023 calendar features stories and information on forced marriage,…

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AFP Figures Reveal New High

Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) latest figures show reports of human trafficking and modern slavery have increased to the highest ever-reported. In the 2021-22 financial year, the AFP received 294 reports of human trafficking and modern slavery , an increase from 224 in the previous financial year. Of the 294 reports of human trafficking or modern slavery made…

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ACRATH Companions

We are very lucky to have a passionate group of volunteers including Stancea Vichie mss advocating for our organisation over the past 14 years. During National Volunteer Week ACRATH thanks our volunteers for the important work they do. Walking alongside victim/survivors of trafficking and forced marriage means ACRATH can effectively advocate for these vulnerable people and…

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ACRATH Takes Action

ACRATH TAKES ACTION is a 12 minute film clip celebrating the work being done by Team ACRATH during the pandemic. The clip speaks of the challenges to victim/survivors of human trafficking who were in Australia but not covered by the Australian government safety nets. ACRATH staff and some of our mighty volunteer force describe aspects…

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No Quick Fix for Slavery

Dr Mark Copland was appalled when a group of Mercy sisters told him about the exploitation of seasonal workers in regional Queensland. That conversation 15 years ago was something of a revelation for Mark and the beginning of a long battle against modern day slavery. After learning about the forced labour of workers in agricultural…

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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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Eliminate Forced Marriage

The interim inquiry report entitled Advocating for the elimination of child and forced marriage was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament on 2nd December. The inquiry was conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The inquiry focused on the advocacy work being undertaken by the Australian Government…

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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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30 Years Supporting Survivors

The UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is celebrating 30 years of bringing survivors to the centre of recovery and prevention. The Fund was established by the General Assembly in 1991 (resolution 46/122) to bring relief to those whose human rights have been severely violated as a result of enrolment of children…

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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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