Talking About Forced Marriage

ACRATH congratulates Anti-Slavery Australia on the launch of Talking About Forced Marriage: A Toolkit for Young People. The Toolkit is designed to help people to start conversations around forced marriage, in their wider communities and with those closest to them. It has been developed as part of our Speak Now project. This Toolkit aims to:…

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Research applauds Companionship Program

Judy Lamb started researching the work of ACRATH Companions almost two years ago. The resulting 10-page publication, ACRATH Companionship Project Research Paper, has been published and is now available here on the ACRATH website. Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index estimates that up to 41,000 people now live in modern slavery in Australia. ACRATH’s Companionship Program…

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Shirley’s passion in each page

Thanks to Shirley Eldridge for donating the proceeds of her recently published book to ACRATH. Shirley’s moving account of a young woman who was trafficked, was highlighted at the Australian Catholic Press Association Conference in Perth late last year. ACRATH Community Development Worker Melissa Halliday, who attended the conference, described the book as ‘a story…

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Forced Marriage Support

In a joint media release Attorney General Mark Dreyfus KC MP and Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth MP have announced new support for victims of modern slavery. Funding of $12.1 million over the next five years will be allocated to the Forced Marriage Support Program, which aims to provide prevention and early intervention support…

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Wise Women Support ACRATH

Women’s Wisdom in the Church (*WWITCH ), a group of Catholic and Anglican women founded by Dr Claire Renkin and Dr Eleanor Flynn in 2018, is an ACRATH donor. Eleanor, the group’s media officer, explained why WWITCH supports ACRATH’s work. *Dr Eleanor Flynn said WWITCH “came together because we were appalled at the very poor…

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Dan Gives for Good

Dr Dan Fleming is an ACRATH donor, giving regular donations as part of Give4Good (G4G), a St Vincent’s Health Australia workplace giving program. Dan was appointed Group Manager of Ethics and Formation at SVHA in 2017, about the time that ACRATH and SVHA launched the Human Trafficking Project, thought to be a first in Australia’s health care…

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Ange is Working for Small Changes

National Volunteer Week was celebrated in May 2023. Ange Hart is one of the many amazing and generous ACRATH volunteers who together contributed 7355 hours to ACRATH last year. We can’t thank you enough Ange for all you do for the victims/survivors of human trafficking. Ange Hart’s work with CARITAS gave her an insight into…

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30th Anniversary of UN Slavery Fund

For 30 years, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery has assisted hundreds of thousands of victims of slavery to access vital rehabilitation services in every region of the world. ACRATH has been a very grateful recipient of five grants. The funds have enabled ACRATH to assist victim/survivors of human trafficking,…

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Forced Marriage is Family Violence

A recent Monash University report, Forced Marriage as a Form of Family Violence in Victoria, highlights the fact that recognising forced marriage as a form of family violence can lead to better support for victim-survivors. Victoria is the only state in Australia that has recognised forced mariage a family violence in law. The study explores…

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Forced Marriage Going Forward

It’s a decade since the passing of the legislation, criminalising forced marriage in Australia. It was a significant achievement after many years of advocacy by ACRATH and others. The then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Attorney General Mark Dreyfus announced the law on International Women’s Day 2013. A recent event at Parliament House marking the…

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Anniversary of Royal Assent

Today ACRATH Executive Officer Christine Carolan, President Sr. Clare Condon sgs and member Noelene Simmons sm were guest members of the National Roundtable at this commemorative event with the Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, and Assistant Minister for Social Services, Hon Justine Elliot MP, to mark the 10th anniversary of royal assent of the…

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Call to Action November 2022

ACRATH supports the work of many like-minded organisations both in Australia and globally. Many produce resources that can be used in a variety of settings and some have campaigns underway. Our newsletter regularly includes this page, encouraging people to find out more and consider becoming involved in actions. Know what you are buying Global estimates…

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