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Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:39

Ministerial Grant acknowledges work of ACRATH

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ACRATH Logo websizeACRATH– Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – has just been advised that Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has approved funding for ACRATH of $360,000 over the next three years.

Minister Keenan wrote in a letter to ACRATH: “I recognise ACRATH’s valuable contribution to Australia’s response to human trafficking and slavery through awareness-raising and direct outreach, and trust this additional funding will facilitate your future work on this issue.”

Sr Anne Tormey rsm, President of ACRATH affirmed the Minister’s announcement saying, ‘ACRATH is delighted to receive this funding which will further enhance our capacity to undertake the work we began 9 years ago’.

Sr Anne said, ‘ACRATH will continue to raise awareness amongst people who are newly arrived in Australia through the ACRATH RAP (Radio Awareness Project); we have made Community Service Announcements (CSAs) and print advertisements in Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Thai, Arabic and Spanish. The announcements, supported by the Australian Federal Police and using text by Anti-Slavery Australia (part funded by the Australian Government), have been aired on some Victorian radio stations, but will now be offered across Australia on radio as well as in ethnic newspapers.’

‘Another aspect of our awareness raising work will be to roll out nationally a secondary school web-based resource on human trafficking. The resource has been trialled with about 50 secondary school teachers in Victoria; now we can share the resource across Australia,’ Sr Anne said.

Agreeing with the Minister’s call to work with trafficked people, Sr Anne said, ‘We will continue to work to ensure that the rights and complex needs of people trafficked into Australia are met. These needs may include retraining, employment assistance, access to financial compensation, accompaniment, repatriation assistance, if desired, and meeting medical, dental, psychological & other health needs.’

Sr Anne recommitted ACRATH to working with government and other like-minded organisations in Australia, in the Asia Pacific region, and globally. Sr Anne commented, ‘ACRATH is delighted by two further significant announcements this week, one from the Vatican announcing the establishment of the Global Freedom Network, and one by Haighs who announced this week that they have chosen UTZ certification to ensure the chocolate they produce is slavery. This is a very exciting week in our counter trafficking work.’

Sr Anne concluded: “ACRATH is delighted to note that our fellow counter trafficking NGOs have been offered similar funding. ACRATH is committed to working collegially with NGOs and government to eliminate human trafficking.”

ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, in the Asia Pacific region, and globally. ACRATH is endorsed by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) – the peak body for 180 religious orders in Australia, representing 8000 religious sisters, brothers and priests. 

For more information and media inquiries, contact Christine Carolan, National Projects Co-ordinator, phone +61 427 302 755 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..