Making Each Other Strong

Four years ago Clinical psychologist Radhika Santhanam-Martin generously agreed to facilitate a session on trauma informed practice for ACRATH’s 14 Companions. Four years later she is now a pivotal part of the Companionship Program, supporting the trained and supervised Companions who in turn offer support and friendship to 23 trafficked women and their 40 children.…

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ACRATH Companionship

Walking alongside victim-survivors means ACRATH can effectively advocate for them. The April page of the 2022 ACRATH calendar gives an insight into the ACRATH Companionship programme. Liya* was18 and in Year 12 in Australia, when she was deceived by her parents into going on a ‘3 week holiday’ to her favourite aunt in her parents’…

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Action in October

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed each year on Oct9ber 17. Given that poverty makes millions of people vulnerable to being exploited and trafficked you are invited to consider organizing a letter-writing campaign asking federal politicians to increase rather than continuing to cut Australia’s aid to developing nations. The October page…

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Covid-19 and Modern Slavery

Covid-19 has impacted the lives of many people especially those who are vulnerable. Research conducted by Dr. Nerida Chazal, University of South Australia, and Ms Kyla Raby, Australian Red Cross, has shone a light on the The Impact of Covid-19 on the Identification of Victims of Modern Slavery and their Access to Support Services in…

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Forced Labour in Tobacco

The High Court has denied a request from two major UK tobacco companies to dismiss a case which claims they have exploited Malawian farming families and engaged in child labour practices. In 2018 The Guardian reported children aged 14 and under were kept out of school and employed in hard and sometimes harmful physical labour to…

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Name Your Change

ACRATH’s successful first ‘Name Your Change’ zoom morning tea has led to serious moves to slavery-proof some of Victoria’s political hubs. About 25 people from around Australia ‘popped’ in for a cuppa and to ‘name their change in 2021’.  ACRATH wants this morning tea campaign to be another step into ‘slavery proofing’ homes and workplaces.…

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Action for April

ACRATH’s volunteer Companions offer support and friendship to trafficked women and their children. Two Companions support groups of seasonal workers in Victoria and Queensland. ACRATH’s Companions strive to … be a supportive presence for the trafficked person, a steady, reliable source of encouragement, support, affirmation, and when required, a bit of considered advice. walk beside those…

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Partnering with SVHA

To honour St Josephine Bakhita Day (Feb 8th) this year, the Advocates for Change at St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA in Melbourne chose to set up a week long window display for the passing public to view from the street. The awareness-raising display featured ACRATH’s work in advocating against all forms of Modern Slavery. Particularly…

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Child Slaves vs Cocoa Companies

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in the US Federal Court on behalf of eight Malian young men who were trafficked as children and forced to harvest cocoa in Cote D’Ivoire. The Defendant companies are Nestle, Cargill, Mars, Mondel?z, Hershey, Barry Callebaut and Olam. These companies had signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol in 2005…

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December call to Action

Many people trafficked into Australia try to rebuild their lives alone, often distanced from their country and family. Seventeen ACRATH volunteers across Australia serve as Companions to 28 women (many trafficked into Australia for sexual exploitation) and their 24 children. They support the women as they find jobs, homes, schools for their children and a…

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Advocacy Covid Style

Every year ACRATH staff, members and volunteers advocate on a range of issues. A feature of this advocacy is the annual week of meetings with MPs and others in Canberra on key issues. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions within ACRATH and across the country, our annual Canberra ‘chapter’ of advocacy had to be different.…

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Action for October

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed each year on 17th October. The theme of this day for 2020 – Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for – addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all. While progress has been made in addressing income poverty, there has been…

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