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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:22

Current Issues for ACRATH Advocacy

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acrath logo 150Christine Carolan, Executive Officer of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) offers updates on ACRATH advocacy specifically on trafficking, compensation, slavery-free supply chain and forced marriages.

In late June ACRATH will be represented in Canberra at a National Roundtable on Human Trafficking & Slavery. We have been working on a number of advocacy issues and will promote them at the Roundtable. We are asking for ‘more just’ visas for people trafficked into Australia. We have been collaborating with other NGOs to explore how people are initially offered support when there is a suspicion they have been trafficked. We are also promoting a national scheme for compensation.

In early June ACRATH will also be represented at a National Roundtable Working Group on Supply Chains. We have been campaigning for over 6 years to ensure that the cocoa for our chocolate has a slavery-free supply chain. We have had considerable success with this. We are turning our minds to ensuring supply that chains for all goods vulnerable to human trafficking are slavery-free, especially clothing, seafood, pavers, and of course, chocolate. Any ideas? Email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forced Marriage Project

ACRATH has been funded by the Attorney General’s Department (AGD) to work with some pilot schools to trial some teaching materials on forced marriage. The pilot schools will be in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. If you know of anyone willing to pilot our short unit of work, ask them to contact our Forced Marriage Project worker, Elizabeth Payne by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Liz has thrown herself energetically into the task of engaging schools and has created a unit of study called ‘Marriage and Choices’. Because ACRATH is new to this work and because of the cultural sensitivities, we would really appreciate it that ACRATH members await some training from Liz, before speaking out on forced marriage in presentations etc.

Some ACRATH regional group members have attended the recent round of AGD workshops on forced marriage. This is great for our organisation as we build confidence and competence in working in this space.

Read more updates from the May 2015 issue of the ACRATH Newseletter and find out how to stop trafficking and help victims of human trafficking.