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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Technology and Anti-Trafficking

The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), a network of over 80 NGOs worldwide focused on advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons. The April 2020 issue of this periodical has for its theme Technology, Anti-Trafficking, and Speculative Futures. Published in the midst of the Covid-19…

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Advocates for Change

St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) has embarked on a groundbreaking training program to help key staff identify and support vulnerable people who present to its hospitals who have been trafficked. The Advocates for Change initiative is part of a wider anti-trafficking project that SVHA began in 2017 in partnership with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against…

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December Action

In December our thoughts turn to Christmas and gift giving. This year why not seek out gifts that are ethically produced so that your gift giving is not tainted by slavery. For more information on ethical purchasing click here. Perhaps you might consider giving the gift of freedom this Christmas. Your donation to organisations such…

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Extent of Human Tragedy in South Australia

Research from South Australia’s Flinders University has focussed on the 18 people documented to have been trafficked in South Australia between 2004 and 2019; the majority have been young women forced to marry. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has referred the 18 suspected victims of human trafficking in SA to the Support for Trafficked People…

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Take Action in October

In October the ACRATH calendar alerts us to a resource that enables us to make ethical fashion choices. How does your favourite brand rank in the 2019 Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide? Use this guide to help end worker exploitation in the fashion industry. October 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.…

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Stop Trafficking!

The June issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights issues affecting trafficked persons and what they see as helpful in their journey towards healing. Articles include Survivors Speak, A Victim Struggles to Overcome, The role of Professionals in Addressing the Needs of Women Suffering Oppression, Trafficked Survivors Identify What was Helpful in their Transitions and more. Download…

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