ACRATH News – June 2024

Keep up to date with the latest ACRATH news. The June 2024 Newsletter is now available. The theme of this newsletter is Will you stand with the victim/survivors of modern slavery who need our help? Download a copy of the June newsletter to learn about how you can help. ACRATH is working tirelessly to bring…

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Anti-Slavery Commissioner a Reality

The Federal Government has established Australia’s first federal Anti-Slavery Commissioner after the Modern Slavery Amendment (Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Bill 2023 was passed on May 28 2024.  The Commissioner’s role will include engaging with and supporting victims and survivors of modern slavery and supporting businesses to address risks of modern slavery practices in their operations and supply…

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We Need You

Lace-up your sneakers and join ACRATH at Run Melbourne on Sunday, 21 July 2024, to raise much-needed dollars for our education, advocacy, and victim/survivor support programs. Together, we can work towards our mission to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery. Choose between the 5.2km or 10km run and enjoy the incredible experience of running past some of…

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Tony’s chocolate a fave all round!

Some of ACRATH’s favourite chocolate makers have topped the charts again in this year’s Be Slavery Free 5th Chocolate Scorecard. The scorecard, which includes 63 companies, has given Tony’s Chocolonely a very high rating and many of the people who participated in ACRATH’s Easter chocolate Indulge Responsibly campaign, echoed that score. The Be Slavery Free…

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Reflecting on ACRATH’s past and being part of its future.

I first became aware of ACRATH about 17 years ago when I was working as a teacher and social justice coordinator in a congregational school in Sydney. Modern slavery was an abstract idea, something belonging to a distant time or place. Alongside my students, I learned how we are often unwittingly supporting the systems and…

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ACRATH 2023 Annual Report

During the Annual ACRATH Members Gathering being held in Sydney 19-21 March, ACRATH President, Sr Clare Condon sgs, launched the ACRATH 2023 Annual Report. This document provides a wonderful insight into the diversity of activities undertaken by ACRATH during 2023. In reading the report it is evident that ACRATH makes a significant contribution to the fight…

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Global leaders joined the 16 Days Campaign.

ACRATH’s 16 Days of Activism, focusing on women migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation, ended on December 10 2023, but the messages conveyed, the information shared, resources developed and the impact of the campaign are still being felt. We encourage you to find out more and become part of the ongoing story. Teaching resources from ACRATH’s…

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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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Advocacy in Canberra works

ACRATH’s team of staff and volunteers met with many senior Members of Parliament, advisors and departmental officers in Canberra during a week of advocacy to discuss four key human trafficking issues.  ACRATH’s Executive Officer Christine Carolan reflects on the week in this insightful Q & A. Q. Who were some of the key Members of…

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ACRATH back in Canberra

ACRATH is back in Canberra, visiting Members of Parliament and policy makers face-to-face, after three years of online advocacy, the result of COVID-19 travel restrictions.  In the first week of September the team of 11 staff and volunteers met with a range of people in a bid to raise awareness and advocate for better outcomes…

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