- ACRATH 2020 Fundraising Appeal July 9, 2020
Many of you, your congregations, dioceses, parishes or communities, already donate to ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and may have already done so in recent months.
Others have supported trafficked people through prayer, advocacy, companionship, purchasing slavery-free products and letter writing.
Thank you! It takes an almighty community effort to build the momentum needed ...
- Coronavirus Impacts International Students April 26, 2020
The onslaught of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has caused much pain, suffering and hardship to Australians and people all over the world. During this time of fear and uncertainty we appreciate the Australian and State Governments’ efforts to stop the spreading of this contagious and deadly disease through social distancing and isolation. This has however, ...
- Leave No worker Behind April 7, 2020
In these difficult times brought on by Covid-19 the Australian Government is to be commended for the financial packages being offered to workers who find themselves without work. However no worker must be left behind.
If we abandon visa holders and casual workers, we abandon those workers who feed us, who care for us and ...
- Tackling Child Labour in Cocoa Supply Chains April 5, 2020
In the Harken-Engel Protocol of 2001 chocolate companies assured the US Government and global markets that they could self-regulate and solve the slavery of young boys being trafficked from neighbouring countries into the cocoa farms of West Africa. They further committed that all cocoa sourced by the signatories would be certified cocoa by ...
- ACRATH Member Visits Seasonal Workers April 3, 2020
ACRATH Member, Fr Peter O’Neill ssc, has been working tirelessly to ensure Seasonal Workers in Australia are aware of their rights. Part of his work has involved advocating on behalf of 22 men from Vanuatu who were exploited while working on Australia farms some years ago. He recently wrote and article that was published in ...
- Actions for April April 1, 2020
Are your Easter eggs slavery-free? Before purchasing your Easter eggs this year reflect on the words of Pope Francis:
“It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge thathuman beings are bought and sold like goods!”
Many children in West Africa are enslaved to pick cocoa beans, a key ingredient of chocolate. Follow the example of ...
- NSW Inquiry Report Recommendations Welcomed March 26, 2020
The NSW Parliament passed a Modern Slavery Act in June 2018. However the Act has never been implemented. Instead it was put on hold while an Inquiry into the legislation was conducted. The Inquiry report was released on 25th March.
ACRATH and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) prepared a joint submission for the Inquiry urging the ...
- ACRATH Newsletter March 2020 March 12, 2020
The first ACRATH Newsletter for 2020 is now available. If you want to to know how to have a slavery-free Easter then this newsletter is a must for you to read. You can also find out how to have a slavery-free staffroom, school or workplace.
You can support the work of ACRATH by participating ...
- Campaign to Recoup Unpaid Wages March 5, 2020
ACRATH is seeking your support for 22 men from Vanuatu who were exploited in Australia in 2014 while working under the Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP), a programme that is part of Australia’s aid program in the Pacific and is administered by the Department of Employment on behalf of the Federal Government. The men worked hard ...
- Action for the New Year December 31, 2019
As we begin a New Year many people make New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe for 2020 your resolution could be to help organisations like ACRATH fighting against slavery and human trafficking.
How can you help?
Perhaps you could take time to prepare to mark St Josephine Bakhita’s Day on 8 February. St Josephine Bakhita is the patron ...
- Human Rights Day 2019 December 10, 2019
Human Rights Day, observed each year on 10th December, marks the anniversary of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In his 2019 message to mark this day the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres states:
This year, on Human Rights Day, we celebrate the role of young people in bringing human ...
- 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence Campaign November 17, 2019
The 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence campaign is held each year beginning of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and ending on International Human Rights Day (10th December). The 16 Day campaign reinforces the fact that violence against women is a human rights violation. The 2019 theme is Ending ...
- Modern Slavery Free Campaign September 24, 2019
Join with ACRATH and our Uniting Church partners in a postcard campaign calling on the Australian Government to implement the recommendations of Prof Allan Fel’s Migrant Workers’ Taskforce. Late in 2018, the government agreed in principle to the recommendations outlined in the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce Report. The postcard addressed to the Attorney General, Christian Porter, ...
- Action for June June 4, 2019
Asylum seekers and refugees forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution or natural disasters are most vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. By supporting the work of ACRATH you can bring hope to the lives of those who have been or are in danger of being exploited. ACRATH needs your help. Support ACRATH’s ...
- Actions for May May 7, 2019
During this month of May let us take time to recall the plight of those who have experienced slavery and exploitation in Australia. From the 1860s thousands of Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland on cotton or sugar plantations, often by force or trickery. The practice became known as blackbirding. ...
- May the Power of the Cocoa Bean Story Continue Long after Easter April 12, 2019
Champion School – St Thomas More’s Primary School Canberra
Sonja Mingay, School Chaplain at St Thomas More’s Primary School in Canberra, hopes the story of slavery-free chocolate will be remembered long after Easter. Sonja worked with the school community last year and during term 1 to understand the importance of buying ethically sourced chocolate and what ...
- Are Your Easter Eggs Slavery-free? April 11, 2019
Still looking to purchase your Easter Eggs for 2019? Did you know that not all eggs are slavery-free?
You will enjoy your Easter Eggs even more if you know that the eggs you purchase are free of child slavery and help farmers to earn a living wage. ACRATH and Be Slavery Free have been campaigning for ...
- Campaign for Justice March 8, 2019
You are invited to join with ACRATH is seeking justice for 22 workers from Vanuatu who were exploited in Australia. The workers arrived in Australia in July 2014. For seven weeks they worked tirelessly on six farms sometimes receiving only one meal a day. When they were not paid their salaries and asked for their payment ...
- February Action February 1, 2019
Easter eggs are already in the shops so now is the time to begin preparing for a slavery-free Easter. As the Modern Slavery Act comes into force in Australia we as consumers need to be aware of whether there is slavery in the supply chain of the goods we purchase. Talk with your friends, work ...
- 16 Days Campaign November 22, 2018
Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2018 is:
Together we can end Gender-Based Violence
in the World of Work
The campaign looks at ...
- November Activity October 31, 2018
You have the power to help bring about an end to human trafficking and slavery. As consumers we make choices. Become informed about the existence of slavery in the supply chain of various products so that you can make ethical consumer choices. Behind the Barcode, a resource from Baptist World Aid, can assist you in this regard.
- Modern Slavery Bill Progresses September 25, 2018
The Australian Parliament is currently considering a Modern Slavery Bill. On Tuesday 18th September the Bill was passed in the House of Representatives. To mark this event the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds has released a statement which can be accessed here. The Bill will now be debated in the Senate.
While ACRATH ...
- Campaign re Modern Slavery Bill September 10, 2018
Modern Slavery legislation is currently before the Australian Parliament. ACRATH is keen for the Modern Slavery Bill to be enacted but believes it is important that the legislation be amended to include provision for an independent statutory officer. You can play a part in supporting this legislation. Write to the Senators in your state asking ...
- ACRATH Loses Government Funding July 30, 2018
National Fund-raising Appeal
ACRATH has launched a national fund-raising appeal after today’s announcement from the Federal Government revealed that it would not be funding ACRATH this year. ACRATH’s $125,000 one-year grant from the Federal Government ran out on June 30 2018.
We need your help now, more than ever, to continue our vital work to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.
- Enjoying Darrell Lea Chocolate April 16, 2018
Thank You Darrell Lea
When Victorian ACRATH members gathered recently for their monthly meeting they delighted in the recent announcement from Darrell Lea that they are committed to sourcing their cocoa from sustainable sources.
ACRATH has been engaged in campaigning for this issue for many years. We strive to use our consumer choices to send a ...
- Slavery Free Easter Chocolate February 5, 2018
Is Your Easter Egg Slavery Free?
In 2015, Pope Francis said that
“every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always
a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Thousands of children in West Africa pick cocoa beans that are used in chocolate production. Most of the children don’t know what the cocoa beans are ...
- 2018 World Day of Prayer January 12, 2018
Migration Without Trafficking
The theme for the 2018 World Day of Prayer and Action Against Human Trafficking is Migration without Trafficking. The day is observed on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Josephine was sold into slavery as a very young child. After gaining her freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and ...
- Leave No One Behind November 25, 2017
End Violence Against Women
The International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women is celebrated each year on 25th November. The theme of this day for 2017 is Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Children. In a recent report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, stated:
“Gender inequality persists ...
- Uzbekistan Cotton Update November 23, 2017
Decline in the Use of Forced Labour
Over a number of years ACRATH has joined with other organisation in campaigning against the use of child and forced labour in the Uzbekistan Cotton Industry. It seems our efforts are bearing fruit. Human Rights Watch has reported:
“President Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed forced labor in his speech to the UN ...
- What She Makes October 30, 2017
OXFAM Campaign for a Fair Wage for Garment Workers
Did you know the women who make our clothes aren’t paid enough to escape poverty. No matter how hard they work, they can’t afford basic food and shelter for their families — wages are just too low. A life of poverty can leave people vulnerable to human trafficking ...
- 16Days October 28, 2017
Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2017 is:
Together we can end Gender Based Violence in Education
The campaign looks at the ...
- ACRATH News October 24, 2017
ACRATH Newsletter October 2017
The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. This issue gives an update regarding the campaign for a Modern Slavery Act. ACRATH has been very active in this campaign.
Join the Campaign
You are invited to join with ACRATH in advocating for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Page 1 of the ACRATH ...
- World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 29, 2017
Join the Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking
The United Nations has declared 30th July to be the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. To mark this day Talitha Kum (International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons) has released a declaration. Down load the Talitha Kum declaration here.
ACRATH is a member of Taitha Kum. We urge ...
- ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign July 9, 2017
ACRATH Needs your Help
ACRATH has launched a fundraising campaign following the end of Federal Government funding on June 30 2017. While ACRATH, and several other organisations, have been invited to apply for funding as part of a competitive grants program, we have no guarantee of success.
ACRATH needs to secure funding now and so we have ...
- International Domestic Workers Day June 16, 2017
Domestic Worker have Rights
In 2017, 21.3 million people worldwide are refugees displaced from their homelands. One of the few employment options available to women (and girl) refugees, who account for 50 per cent of this population, is domestic work. Working behind closed doors in private homes, many have few legal protections and regularly experience exploitation ...
- A Matter of Taste March 31, 2017
Help Drive the Demand for Traffik-free Chocolate
Since the more recent media exposé of the traffcking of children and child labour on cocoa farms in 2000, the chocolate industry has been trying to address the issue, albeit sometimes slowly. All of the major chocolate manufacturing companies now have a Code of Conduct – a promise to protect the environment and the human rights and ...
- What comes First? the Child or the Egg March 22, 2017
Your Choice is Your Voice
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of NGOs working against human trafficking and slavery. ACRATH is an active member of this coalition. For ten years STOP THE TRAFFIK has been asking chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the ...
- Looking for Slavery-Free Easter Eggs? March 18, 2017
Help Spread the Word
If you know where you can buy Easter Eggs certified free from child slavery tell your family and friends. Consumer demand can make a big impact on both the producer and the retailer of a product. In past years some people have found it difficult to find Slavery-free Easter Eggs so we ...
- #BeBoldForChange March 8, 2017
International Women’s Day 2017
The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. This day invites us to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in taking steps to promote gender parity.
Did you know that according to the UNODC 2016 Global Trafficking in Person Report 71% of all trafficking victims are women or ...
- Slavery-free Easter February 28, 2017
Will Your Easter Eggs Be Slavery-free?
In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of ...
- Christmas: A Time for Giving December 16, 2016
The Birth of Christ Brought Life and Hope for All People
Human trafficking robs people of their dreams and their dignity. Help ACRATH to restore life, hope and dignity.
Make a donation to support the work of ACRATH.
Direct bank account deposit/transfer details:
Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Account Name: ACRATH Public fund
Account BSB: 063 ...
- Naughty or Nice Campaign December 7, 2016
Ask Clothing Companies to Publish their Factory Lists
Since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 their has been progress made in encouraging companies to protect their workers and ensure their supply chains are slavery free. However there are still a number of companies hiding their supply chains. Do you want to know more about the ...
- 16 Days 16 Stories November 24, 2016
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
The UN sponsored 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence takes place from 25th November to 10th December each. This year Mercy Global Action at the United Nations in partnership with the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd as part of this campaign presents #16Days16Stories. ...
- Bike Ride to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking November 2, 2016
Does this Give you Any Ideas?
Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order recently completed a 4,000-km (2,485 mile) bicycle trek from Nepal’s Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote region. They rode through treacherous terrain and hostile weather and camped ...
- 16Days October 10, 2016
Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day.
The campaign looks at the different forms of violence that women and girls face. The theme this year is, ‘From peace ...
- Play for Life June 30, 2016
Take a Stand Against Exploitation in Sport
As we approach the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Network of Religious Against Trafficking in persons, “Um Grito pela Vida”, is running the “Play for Life” campaign. The slogan Play for Life was used during the 2014 football World Cup also held in Brazil. At that time it contributed ...
- Fair Trade Fortnight 6-22 May May 8, 2016
Why Support Fairtrade?
When you choose Fairtrade certified products you’re voting with your dollars for a fairer global marketplace free of child labour and the exploitation of vulnerable people. Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things fair trade & the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers & workers in developing countries. ...
- ACRATH Campaigning in Adelaide April 30, 2016
Young People Visiting Supermarkets and Dessert Bars
Young ACRATH member, Francesca, tells of young people in Adelaide raising awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry. They have been encouraging supermarkets and dessert bars to sell chocolate produced with Fairtrade cocoa.
- Backwards NOT Forwards April 28, 2016
Modelez Reduction in Certified Cocoa Products
Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, are trafficked to pick and harvest Cocoa beans? We believe chocolate companies have a responsibility to seriously address the key issues that contribute to children being trafficked to work on cocoa farms and prevent the ...
- Revolution in the Fashion Industry April 21, 2016
Three Years On From Rana Plaza
It’s time to reform the fashion industry! Did you know that many of the people who make our clothes work in shameful and dangerous conditions for very low pay? Three years ago on 24 April 2013, the clothing industry’s worst industrial disaster occurred. Fast facts:
The Rana Plaza, an eight-storey building, constructed on ...
- 2016 Australian Fashion Report April 21, 2016
The Truth Behind the Barcode
Baptist World Aid Australia have released the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. In a media release to introduce the report it is noted that “when it comes to the efforts of the Australian fashion industry, we’re continuing to see even more progress!” The report covers 87 companies representing over 300 ...
- Seeking the End of the Line for Human Trafficking March 4, 2016
Encourage the Government to Act
Human trafficking and forced labour occurs in industries in Australia such as construction, the meat industry, manufacturing, hospitality and people who are forced to live-in as house keepers. Goods imported from overseas can be tainted by forced labour, human trafficking and slavery. People coming to work in Australia from overseas expect ...
- Will Your Easter be #traffikfree February 25, 2016
The Good Egg Guide
In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, children are still trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa in order to supply our loved Easter eggs. Look for Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ labeled products. The label tells us steps have been taken to prevent and disrupt this abuse.
Want to know which eggs are #traffikfree in shopping ...
- Your School, Parish and Community Can Help End Slavery February 9, 2016
Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery Free – Please!
“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
(Pope France 2015)
School students and parish communities are being urged to eat only slavery-free chocolate this Easter and not buy Easter eggs and chocolate that might have been ...
- Slavery and Forced Labour in the Seafood Production January 10, 2016
Advocating for Slavery Free Seafood
Reports that have identified slavery and forced labour in the Seafood production and processing in Thailand and SE Asia are alarming. Australian law makes it illegal for any Australian company to engage in any financial transaction involving a slave, regardless of where it occurs in the world.
The work of Coles, Woolworths and ...
- Freedom Sunday – 18th October 2015 September 29, 2015
Global Day of Worship, Prayer and Action on Human Trafficking
In 2015 Freedom Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 18th October. Churches all over the world will join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the world our compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited emotionally, phsyically and ...
- Changes Sought for Labour Brokers in Australia September 26, 2015
Join the Coalition of Action
ACRATH has joined with a network of NGO’s including, Justice & International Mission Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Uniting Church in Australia, Walk Free and the Salvation Army, seeking regulation of labour hire companies in Australia. ACRATH has expressed deep concern to the Justice Minister Michael Keenan of the human trafficking into some Australian ...
- World Tourism Day – 27th September September 25, 2015
Prevent Human Trafficking in the Tourism Industry
As one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world, tourism has become a key player in
international commerce and is one of the main sources of income in many developing countries,
with millions working in the tourism sector. Help us raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries ...
- Make Fashion Traffik Free September 24, 2015
Join a Fashion EXCHANGE Event
SWAP, LEARN & BUY to play your part in making fashion free from human trafficking! Clothes Swap = Bring Clothes to Swap. For every item you bring you will receive a token to choose an item (NB: Women’s fashion and accessories ONLY)
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
LISTEN to inspiring speakers
SEE a fashion show,
VIEW the STOP THE TRAFFIK ...
- Are your Clothes Ethical? August 9, 2015
Two Years After the Rana Plaza Collapse
In April 2013 the Rana Plaza factory collapse resulted in the death of over 1,100 workers with thousands of others maimed for life. Following the collapse unions, non-profit organisations and industry groups developed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Eight of Australia’s top 10 Fashion companies have committed ...
- Fair Food for Australia June 24, 2015
Support the Fair Food Agreement
Many of you will be aware that some workers, particularly those coming into Australia on a range of visas, are working in conditions that are unjust. This issue was highlighted in a recent edition of the ABC’s Four Corners program, Slaving Away. Find the Four Corners program here.
Governments, unions and justice organisation, including ...
- Fair Trade Fortnight, 8-22 May May 10, 2015
You Can Make a Difference
Buying Fairtrade products means supporting better working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers in developing countries. Farmers then have more control over their lives and can decide how to invest in their future. When you buy Fairtrade products you can be confident that the product has been produced according to ...
- Australian Fashion Report 2015 May 5, 2015
Behind the Bar Code
The Australian Fashion Report recently released by Baptist World Aid points to the increased risk of child and forced labour in the garment industry because most local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains.
Gershon Nimbalker co-author of the report said while there had been improvements at the final ...
- Still Looking for #Traffikfree Easter Eggs? March 30, 2015
Make Sure Your Easter Egg is Not Made with Traffiked Labour
Perhaps you are finding it difficult to find #Traffikfree Easter Eggs. Tell your local supermarket that you want more #Traffikfree products next year before the 2016 orders are placed.
Why buy #Traffikfree products? Children who have never tasted chocolate are enslaved on cocoa farms in Ivory ...
- Advocating for Certified Easter Eggs March 26, 2015
ACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK Collaborate for #Traffikfree Easter
Over recent weeks many ACRATH members have been distributing postcards to Coles and Woolworths asking for them to increase their supply of certified Easter Eggs in 2016. We invite you to take the same message to the supermarkets. Your efforts could help to bring about an end ...
- Take Action This Easter March 25, 2015
Let’s get their attention!
Make a quick call to your local supermarket, urge them to double their certified Easter products in 2016 and help us make chocolate Traffik- Free. Coles http://store-locator.coles.com.au and Woolworths http://www.woolworths.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/website/tools/store+locator.
Why purchase certified products? When you buy certified chocolate you support farmers and workers to improve their lives and their communities. The certification ...
- Thinking About Which Easter Egg to Buy? March 18, 2015
Make Your Easter #Traffikfree
Download the Good Egg Guide. It will give you and your family a large selection of Certified Easter Eggs to choose from!
Can’t find certified Easter Eggs in your local supermarket? Next time you are shopping hand over an Easter leaflet to ensure your local supermarket knows how important it is to you ...
- Be a Good Egg This Easter February 22, 2015
Are you buying #traffikfree Easter Chocolate?
In the lead up to Easter 2015, support cocoa farmers and help stamp out child slavery and trafficking in the cocoa industry by buying and consuming certified Easter eggs.
Mary Appiah is a farmer who grows cocoa. The more cocoa she sells on Fairtrade terms, the more her community can benefit from ...
- Is your Easter Egg TraffikFree February 16, 2015
Help Eliminate Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry
Easter is a time of year when a huge amount of chocolate is sold and eaten all around the world. The shocking truth is that children as young as 10 are trafficked and exploited to create chocolate. This year join us as we campaign for #TRAFFIKFREE chocolate.
Check out ...
- Do You Know Where Your Cocoa Comes From? February 10, 2015
What Will You Do About It?
Did you know that a child may have been trafficked to create your favourite chocolate bar. STOP THE TRAFFIK activists are campaigning to see an end to trafficking in the chocolate industry. For more information on how you can make a difference visit the ACRATH Campaigns page and the STOP THE ...
- Trafficking in the Tea Industry January 22, 2015
Join the Campaign
Everywhere around the world people drink tea. Tea is big business in India.Recent research has shown that the labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations of Assam, a north-eastern state of India, are fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to human trafficking. Men, women and children are being deceived with promises of a ...
- Orange Your Neighbourhood on White Ribbon Day November 25, 2014
Eliminate Violence Against Women
On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the annual date for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day also marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence. The end of the 16 Days is December 10, International ...
- Your Voice Counts November 5, 2014
End Trafficking in the Chocolate Industry
Activists all over the world are continuing to raise their voices, together calling for an end to the use of trafficked child labour in the production of our favorite chocolate treats. The world’s largest chocolate companies have a vital role to play in ending this injustice. They must ensure that ...
- Protect the Rights of Domestic Workers October 31, 2014
Campaign to End Slavery-like conditions in Australia
The Salvation Army & Walk Free have launched a campaign that asks for the Australian Government to put measures in place to protect the rights of Domestic Workers in Australia. The campaign asks are drawn from The Salvation Army’s direct experience with domestic workers who have experienced slavery-like conditions in Australia. The campaign has ...
- Advocate for Slavery-Free Easter Chocolate in 2015 October 6, 2014
Write to Supermarkets Now
You can help to reduce child slavery in the chocolate industry. Join with ACRATH and other organisations advocating for slavery-free Easter Eggs. Now is the time to write to supermarkets asking them to ensure they have adequate stocks of Easter eggs certified free of child slavery for Easter 2015.
Download a sample letter ...
- Protect People Trafficked into Australia September 21, 2014
Join the Campaign
The Salvation Army and ACRATH are currently advocating to prevent the passage of certain provisions in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendments (2014 Budget Measures) 2014 Bill No. 2, (Schedule 9). If passed, individuals under 30 applying for Special Benefit will become subject to a six month exclusion period. This includes victims of slavery ...
- Traffik Free Chocolate September 21, 2014
Over a third of the cocoa that makes the world’s chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast, Africa. It’s highly likely that the beans that make your favourite chocolate bar come from here. Cocoa harvesting is backbreaking and hazardous work. The shocking reality is that much of this work is done by children. Despite improvements in ...
- Ask Mondeléz International to Commit to Traffik Free Chocolate August 31, 2014
This Problem is Urgent
Human trafficking and exploitation remain bitter hidden ingredients in the chocolate that we eat. Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, continue to be trafficked to pick and harvest cocoa beans that are used to create our favourite chocolate treats. Their freedom is ...
- Call to Honour Millenium Development Goal Commitments July 29, 2014
ACRATH Concerned About Foreign Aid Cuts
The 2014 Federal Budget outlined cuts to foreign aid. ACRATH is deeply concerned about this decision. Alleviating poverty is one means of reducing vulnerability to human trafficking. We call on the Australian Government to reconsider the announced cuts to foreign aid.
In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals called on developed countries ...
- Slave Free Easter in 2015 July 9, 2014
Now is the Time to Plan
ACRATH would like to thank Aldi supermarkets and Haigh’s Chocolate for making it easier to purchase ethical Easter eggs in 2014. Your sale of products which carry a certification label gives consumers confidence that the products they are buying do not have slavery in their supply chain.
ACRATH now invites al ...
- Fighting Child Trafficking During World Cup June 6, 2014
Play for Life, Fight Trafficking
An international association of Catholic sisters are campaigning against human trafficking and prostitution during the World Cup in Brazil. They are using social media, billboards and rallies in host cities to draw attention to the heightened risk of exploitation of sex workers and job-seekers in general. The association called Talitha Kum — a ...
- Bring Back Our Girls Campaign May 11, 2014
Call to Action
The April abduction of over 230 schoolgirls from the Chibok Government Secondary School in Nigeria calls us to prayer and action on their behalf. In a recent media statement First Lady, Michelle Obama, called this “unconscionable” act. She invited us to “pray for their safe return. Let us hold their families in our hearts during this very difficult ...
- Rana Plaza Collapse One Year On April 13, 2014
Global Day of Action on 24th April 2014
On April 24th 2014 it will be one year since the Rana Plaza collapse in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka. At least 1,138 people were killed and an estimated 2,500 people were injured. Despite emerging cracks in the building resulting in an evacuation order being issued the day before the ...
- We Want Traffik Free Chocolate April 4, 2014
Message for Mondelez
Mondelez end child trafficking in your chocolate by setting a public deadline to certify your entire chocolate range. Other global chocolate companies have made a commitment to have their entire chocolate range certified by 2020. When will Mondelez make a public commitment to reduce the risk of child trafficking in their cocoa supply chains?
- ACRATH Newsletter March 2014 March 17, 2014
Latest ACRATH News
The March 2014 ACRATH Newsletter provides an update of various ACRATH activities including the National Conference and AGM which was held 27 February – 1 March. ACRATH is currently involved with key campaigns addressing Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter and the Importation of Slavery Free Supply Goods.
Download your copy of the ACRATH Newsletter here.
- Slavery Free Chocolate March 17, 2014
Are You Buying Ethical Chocolate?
Did you know that much of the chocolate available in Australia comes from cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been trafficked or forced to work in exploitative conditions? It is estimated that there are at least 800,000 children working in the cocoa industry at present: 5-10% of these ...
- Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter March 7, 2014
Buy Only Slavery-free Chocolate
The Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter campaign was recently launched in Melbourne, Victoria, with students from St Bernard’s College, Essendon and Penleigh Essendon Grammar School.
Let us not forget that even our smallest actions have the capacity to impact on the lives of others. The Slavery–free chocolate campaign is designed to free those children, ...
- Be a Good Egg This Easter February 11, 2014
Buy Slavery-Free Chocolate
Presently children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending ...
- Thank You Pacific Brands January 8, 2014
Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord Signed
In July 2013 ACRATH joined with other organisations in writing to request Pacific Brands sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, given the company was sourcing products from Bangladesh. The Accord is an independent Agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections ...
- Thank You Rivers November 17, 2013
Rivers Signs the Cotton Campaign Pledge
It is with great delight that we announce that Australian owned company Rivers has signed the Cotton Campaign pledge. In signing the pledge they become the 140th label to do so. They are committing to working to ensure that forced child and adult labour does not find its way into their ...
- Child Labour in Uzbekistan Cotton Industry November 4, 2013
Large Scale Forced Labour in 2013 Harvest
The Cotton Campaign has released a report on the first month of the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. The Uzbekistan government continues “to mobilize Uzbek children and adults in one of the largest state-sponsored systems of forced labour in the world.”
“One of the most notable developments of the 2013 cotton production ...
- Anti-human Trafficking Day October 18, 2013
Join Hands Against Human Trafficking
Today, 18th October, is Anti-Human Trafficking Day in Europe. It happens today in every country of our world. Slavery is not a thing of the past. It is estimated that 800,000 women, men and children are trafficked across international borders every year. Human trafficking is a violation of human rights.
Join hands in ...
- Join the Toblerone Thunderclap October 10, 2013
When Will Toblerone Be Traffik Free
STOP THE TRAFFIK has been campaigning since November 2012, asking Mondel?z for two things:
When will Toblerone be traffik-free?
When will they release a public timeline committing to certifying the rest of their range?
Despite their recent announcements there is still no clear answer to these questions!
Your help is needed to get Mondelez’s attention. So ...
- 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report July 2, 2013
Less than 1,000 Days to Achieve 2015 Targets
In releasing the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon indicated that the “MDGS have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.” Among significant achievements is the fact that the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved. However, 1.2 billion people ...
- Get Involved, Spread the Word June 27, 2013
Calling on Community Radio Stations
Human trafficking, slavery and labour exploitation happens all over Australia, in our local communities. The RAP is a project working to build awareness and provide information about human trafficking, via community service announcements (CSAs) on radio.
Through the RAP project ACRATH aims to reach into local communities, particularly Cultural and Linguistically Diverse ...
- Stop Trafficking! June 11, 2013
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 6
The June issue of Stop Trafficking looks at ways organisations are trying to address the Demand Issue with regard to trafficking for sexual exploitation. It contains links to a number of websites and resources including a fact sheet that outlines how we can engage in the campaign to Stop ...
- Ground Zero for Slavery May 17, 2013
Something Rotten in the US Tomato Industry
Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery.’ Countless workers are held against their will, threatened with violence and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay. Thankfully, a new solution called ...
- Easter Eggs: Gone But Not Forgotten May 6, 2013
Preparing for Easter 2014
Easter eggs may be off our supermarket shelves but we haven’t forgotten that in 2013 once again it was difficulty to purchasing certified Easter eggs in many supermarkets. Purchasing Easter eggs made from certified cocoa ensures child slavery has not been used to produce the cocoa.
Supermarkets are placing their 2014 orders now. ...
- Plans Not Dreams March 30, 2013
When Will All Cadbury Products Use Certified Cocoa?
In 2012 Kraft Foods Australia and New Zealand announced they would invest $400 million in making cocoa sustainable. What does this mean in practice? When will Toblerone and other Cadbury products be using cocoa certified free of trafficking and child labour? Join the campaign to ask Kraft Foods ...
- Easter Fair Trade Chocolate February 24, 2013
Why is Fair Trade Important?
Buying Fair Trade ensures no one is exploited in order to produce the good you are purchasing. Did you know that children as young as 10 years old have been trafficked to Côte d’Ivoire and are working on cocoa plantations? Many of these children have never tasted chocolate. 75% of the world’s ...
- Forced Marriage & Labour Trafficking in Australia February 22, 2013
ACRATH National Conference 2013
In Randwick on 19 February Catholic Religious and colleagues heard case studies of young Australian women forced into marriage in their parents’ home countries. They heard that new Australian legislation will criminalise forced marriage and empower the young women threatened with forced marriage. Speaking on this topic was Associate Professor of Law ...
- Thank You Nestlé February 19, 2013
Time to Celebrate
ACRATH was delighted to receive the the media release from Nestlé Australia dated 19th February 2013 regarding the use of certified cocoa used in products produced in Australia. The document states “Nestlé Australia announced today that every chocolate it sells is now independently certified to ensure the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on ...
- Fair Trade Chocolate for Easter February 15, 2013
Why Buy Fair Trade Chocolate?
It is estimated 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West Africa are involved in the industry and some are forced or trafficked.
The Fair Trade Easter Campaign aims to contribute to the broader global FAIRTRADE movement ...
- ACRATH Newsletter December 2012 November 29, 2012
Latest ACRATH News
The summer edition of ACRATH News was released this week. Items of interest include: a reminder to look for FairTrade Christmas gifts, human trafficking in New Zealand, a visit to the Australian Institute of Criminology, combating child sexual exploitation on-line, Freedom Sunday, campaigns and news from Western Australia and a prayer resource.
Download your copy ...
- Traffik-Free Toblerone? November 28, 2012
Campaigning for Toblerone Free from Child-Slavery
Since September we’ve been asking Mondelez (previously Kraft) to take action to ensure their chocolate is free from child trafficking starting with Toblerone. On the 19th November they announced plans to invest $400m into cocoa farming communities. This is a great step forward. But we need to know more. We’re ...
- White Ribbon Day – 25th November November 23, 2012
Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women
The White Ribbon Campaign is the first male-led campaign to end violence against women in the world. Men are encouraged to take a stand and say that violence, in any form, is never acceptable.
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge that the wearer does not excuse violence against women, ...
- End Cotton Crimes November 22, 2012
Take Action Against Forced Labour in Uzbekistan
Every year the government of Uzbekistan forcibly mobilizes over a million children, teachers, public servants and private sector employees for the manual planting and harvesting of cotton. The Uzbek government enforces the order with threats and violence; detains and tortures Uzbek activists seeking to monitor the harvest; and continues ...
- Taxis Against Trafficking September 27, 2012
UK & European Anti-Slavery Day
Taxi drivers are the eyes and ears of a community; they drive our streets every day, chatting to different passengers. They see stuff and they could tell if something wasn’t right. A number of stories have recently hit the news where taxis have been used to move victims of trafficking. Taxi ...
- Thank You Nestlé July 19, 2012
All Products To Be UTZ Certified By End Of 2012
Nestlé announced in a letter to STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia that they will UTZ certify all their cocoa by the end of 2012. A number of international commentators have suggested that Nestlé’s decision to certify their Australian line first is a result of the intense lobbying ...
- Good Chocolate News July 5, 2012
Nestlé Eradicating Child Labour From Its Supply Chain
In recent months Nestlé invited the Fair Labour Association (FLA) to conduct an audit of its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire to determine how to continue improving practices to help eliminate child labour, ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa, and help farmers run profitable farms. The FLA ...
- Foreign Aid Remains at 0.35% GNI May 14, 2012
Disappointment as MDG Target is Delayed
In the Millenium Development Goals of 2000 Australia made a commitment that it would raise overseas aid to 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015. In the 2012 Federal Budget announced on May 8, despite a $315 million increase from last year, the aid budget remains at 0.35%. This ...
- Fair Trade Fortnight 5 – 20 May 2012 May 6, 2012
Your Purchase Can Make a Difference
Fair Trade Fortnight gives each of us the opportunity to celebrate the life-changing difference our fair trade choice makes for millions of developing country farmers, producers, their families and communities. Buying Fair Trade is your guarantee that the product was not produced used human trafficking, forced labour or child slavery. ...
- Overseas Aid Works April 26, 2012
Australia Can Make a Difference
“Over the past few years Australian aid has contributed to halving the number of people worldwide living without clean water. It has also helped thousands more girls – both in neighbouring countries and beyond – to get an education. Australian aid dollars are reducing poverty and enriching people’s lives.” (Oxfam)
With the ...
- Slavery-Free London Campaign April 20, 2012
Risks of Human Trafficking and Forced Labour with London 2012
The Slavery-Free London Campaign aims to draw attention to the risks of human trafficking and forced labour in the UK and overseas associated with the London 2012 Games, and help us ensure that more is done to put a stop to modern slavery in the run ...
- Playfair 2012 Campaign April 20, 2012
London 2012 Organisers Agree to Protect Workers’ Rights
The Playfair 2012 Campaign is calling on the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics and global sportswear brands to ensure that workers producing sportswear and souvenirs with the Olympics logo have their rights upheld.
In response to the evidence of exploitation of workers producing goods for London 2012, detailed ...
- Is your Easter Egg Slavery Free March 27, 2012
FAIRTRADE Easter Eggs
Much of the world’s chocolate is produced using cocoa beans that have been harvested by trafficked children or forced labour. The West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are two of the largest producers and exporters of cocoa in the world. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West ...
- Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter September 26, 2011
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 9.
The September 2011 issue highlights campaigns that address various aspects of human trafficking and suggests ways of becoming involved in the fight against this modern day form of human slavery.
Click here to read this issue.
- Harkin-Engel Anniversary Noted in Australian Senate September 26, 2011
Australian Senators Support Harkin-Engel Protocol
During their recent visit to the Australian Federal Parliament ACRATH spoke to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate about the Harkin-Engel Protocol which aimed at eliminating the worst forms of child slavery in the cocoa industry. On Monday 19th September 2011, the tenth anniversary of the signing of ...
- 10 Years of Unfulfilled Promises September 19, 2011
10 Campaign and Stop the Traffik has released a media statement to mark the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol. Despite this protocol Child Labour is still prevalent in the cocoa industry.
Read more about this protocol and the campaign to eliminate child labour from the cocoa industry by clicking here.
- Is the Chocolate You Eat Child Slavery Free? September 18, 2011
Harkin Engel Protocol – Ten Years On
Monday 19th September 2011 marks the tenth anniversay of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol. The chocolate industry signed up to a six-point road map to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in the production of cocoa in the West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana by ...
- Child Labour in Uzbekistan August 8, 2011
Cotton Picking in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is the world’s sixth largest producer of cotton, and the third largest exporter. For decades it has used forced labour of schoolchildren, college and university students to harvest cotton by hand.Each year over one million children as young as nine-years-old are sent out to work in the fields (http://www.sourcingnetwork.org/cotton). This practice ...
- Campaign for Compensation July 17, 2011
Victims Need Compensation
Survivors of Human Trafficking need compensation to help them rehabilitate. Join the campaign to help them obtain this compensation.
Click here to visit the Stop the Traffik website where you can download and sign the petition
- No Room for Trafficking – London 2012 June 23, 2011
Campaign to Stop the Traffik – London 2012
Stop the Traffik have called on the hospitality industry to make sure there is no room for trafficking of human beings in their establishments during the London 2012 Olympics.
Further information about their London 2012 campaign can be read here.
- World Day Against Child Labour May 16, 2011
12 June 2011
World Day Against Child Labour
Warning! Children in hazardous work – End child labour
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 115 million children are involved in hazardous work. The 2011 World Day Against Child Labour calls for urgent action to tackle the problem.
The ILO website has resources that will assist you in taking up ...
- Fair Trade Easter Eggs Campaign March 29, 2011
The campaign, an initiative of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) asks people to buy FAIRTRADE chocolate for Easter to help stop the trafficking of children into West African cocoa plantations. This will send a message to chocolate producers who do not use FAIRTRADE chocolate.
Fair Trade chocolate ...
- Write a letter to the Honourable Kevin Rudd November 1, 2010
Write a letter to the Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs (Honourable Kevin Rudd) to urge the Australian Government to increase aid for gender perspectives in all programs and policies.
Download letter (.docx 16KB)
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- AHRC Open Letter: SRI LANKA: Rizana Nafeek — Death Sentence confirmed October 26, 2010
Call for Action on Behalf of Rizana Nafeek
An Open Letter to President Mahinda Rajapakse
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) draws your attention to the appeal made in 2007 into the case of Rizana Nafeek, who went to Saudi Arabia as a maid when she was 17 years old and who was sentenced to death by ...
- ACRATH letter to Mr Bob McMullan MHR April 10, 2010
Link between poverty & Trafficking
ACRATH letter to Mr Bob McMullan MHR (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance) regarding Millennium Development Goals.
- Tackle poverty by holding your own Coffee Break April 5, 2010
Making a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities is as easy as holding a Coffee Break.
Coffee Break is a morning or afternoon tea event that hundreds of Australians will hold during Fairtrade Fortnight (1-16 May).
Organising an event doesn’t have to be complex or time consuming. In fact it can be ...
- Say NO – UNiTE: End Violence against Women January 1, 2010
Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a global call for action.
Say NO records what individuals, organizations and governments worldwide are doing to end violence against women. Whether you volunteer at a shelter, donate, reach out to students or advocate for better policies – every action counts.
Let us count you in.
Your voice ...
- International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 2 December 2010 January 1, 2010
Kim’s Wild Books Campaign
I am marking this day by liberating over 100 new books ‘into the wild’ using bookcrossing.com.
Books will be left in public places all over Australia. Each book has been labelled with a unique BookCrossing ID number (BCID) and those who find a book may log it at bookcrossing.com. They then read and ...
- Let the Chainstores know how you Feel!! January 1, 2010
Chain Store Reaction is an open letter to the producers of your favorite products. We are asking them to promise to investigate slavery in their product chains and to clean it up where they find it. Only you can start a chain store reaction. It starts with a simple request.
- Hilton Hotels: Say NO to Sex Trafficking January 1, 2010
It’s shocking. Hilton, one of the most renowned hotel chains in the world, could be complicit in child sexual exploitation, in their own facilities!
All over the world, trafficked women and girls are forced into sexual exploitation in hotels right in front of the staff. The global Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children From ...