ACRATH Companionship Program

Initiated in 2008, the ACRATH Companionship Program is one way that ACRATH supports victim/survivors of human trafficking. This unique program arose from the Australian Federal Police’s concern for the wellbeing of a woman residing in Melbourne who had been trafficked. Over the course of fifteen years, the Companionship Program has proven to be a vital aspect of…

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ACRATH Launches Fundraising Campaign

ACRATH has launched its 2023 fundraising campaign and hopes to raise $350,000 by 30 July 2023, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This year’s campaign will focus on ACRATH’s need for sustainable funding in order to continue programs and support victims and survivors of human trafficking. The need for ongoing funding was highlighted in…

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Advocacy Success

ACRATH celebrates milestone advocacy success. ACRATH has hailed the Federal Government’s Budget decision to offer victims andsurvivors of human trafficking the opportunity to access support without involvement withlaw enforcement, as a momentous achievement. It comes after a 17 year battle byACRATH. Before last night’s announcement, a trafficking victim’s ability to access the Support forTrafficked People…

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Judy Tells Companionship Story

Judy Lamb, a volunteer with ACRATH in Victoria, is the perfect person to explore and document the impact of ACRATH’s Companionship Program on the organisation’s advocacy work. She has spent almost a decade as a volunteer companion to a family supported by the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and 15 years ago she helped the Daughters…

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ACRATH’s Dogged Advocacy Pays Off

Many years ago ACRATH, alongside other NGOs, began advocating for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia and an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to oversee that Act. The Act was passed in 2018 and the appointment of a Commissioner is now a step closer. ACRATH’s dogged advocacy is paying off. On Budget night in October ACRATH was…

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ACRATH Advocacy Issues

A National Compensation Scheme? Funding for NGOs working to achieve the National Action Plan? Additional pathways onto the Support for Trafficked People Program? These are issues ACRATH advocates, Cindy Bohan and Christine Carolan, raised in a great meeting with Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus on Thursday 13th September. AG Mark gave us a respect-filled hearing. We are now looking…

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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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