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Human Trafficking and Slavery

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Content on this page includes updates mostly from (though not limited to) ACRATH, which stands for Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans, endorsed by Catholic Religious Australia.

ACRATH is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and globally. To find more detailed and up-to-date news, information and resources on human trafficking, visit acrath.org.au.


Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:49

Roots of Human Trafficking: A prayer resource

holy cross intl justice logoThe Holy Cross International Justice Office has published a prayer resource entitled Roots of Human Trafficking: Reflections with Pope Francis prepared in observance of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on 8 February 2016. All are encouraged to print and share this resource with others.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:10

Take action to end human trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita150The Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life (BCPL) and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) are calling for a day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking on the feast of St Josephine Bakhita on 8 February 2016.

women abuseACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has developed a forced marriage education kit for government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia to raise awareness and to educate people about what they can do if they, or someone they know, is being forced into a marriage.

Friday, 04 December 2015 13:01

Advent inspiration from ANZRATH

anzrath logoThe Inspirational People of 2015 Advent Calendar from the Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans reveals stories of people taking action against trafficking in persons to remind us we are not powerless.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:15

Faith leaders pledge to work for freedom

AFN launch 150ACRATH members, Sisters Genny Ryan and Noelene Simmons, were present at the launch of the Australian Freedom Network in Parliament House, Canberra on 2nd December. Also present at the launch was Sr Rosemary Grundy pbvm, Director of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA).

Sr Maree Marsh csb freedom awardACRATH member Sister Maree Marsh csb was awarded the 2015 Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award, acknowledging her work in supporting men, women and children who have been trafficked into Australia.

Sr Angela Reed rsm 150A ground-breaking book by Mercy Sister Angela Reed focussing on the lives of trafficked women and structural oppression of young women on which the sex trade thrives, will be launched this week. The book overturns the popular and sensationalised image of trafficking as a one-off event involving kidnapping and chains and expected to inform the anti-trafficking movement worldwide.

Sr Lucy van Kessel pbvm150As Co-ordinator of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in Western Australia, Presentation Sister Lucy van Kessel pbvm knows too well the repercussions of human trafficking on people and sees her work as an essential element of her Christian life and her commitment to creating a better world.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:42

Community welcomes changes for victims

acrath logo 150Community organisations welcome the announcement of changes to supports for victims of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices in Australia.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:22

Current Issues for ACRATH Advocacy

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.

Br David OBrien sdbThe book entitled "One In A Thousand Stories", Salesian Brother David O’Brien’s creative response to human trafficking and forced labour, was launched at the ACRATH conference last month.

Sr Angela Reed rsm and MariettaFrom her graduate studies that required in-depth, qualitative interviews, Mercy Sister Angela Reed discovered that there is no one homogenous sex trafficking experience; it is often a part of a life journey that begins with victims' experiences as children through to being trafficked as adolescents, writes Rosie Hoban.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 11:29

Remember slavery

rememberslavery150Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, when more than 15 million men, women and children were victims of transatlantic slave trade over 400 years. 

ACRATH National Roundtable150Sister Noelene Simmons sm and Ms Christine Carolan represented Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in the recent National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery in Canberra on 2 December 2014, sharing the belief with other NGOs in attendance that significant gains on important issues were made regarding human trafficking.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 12:33

ACRATH tackles visa issue

Sr Anne tormey rsm150Australian Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking (ACRATH) is lobbying the Federal Government to overhaul prejudicial visa titles currently preventing victims of human trafficking in Australia from accessing accommodation, education and employment.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:39

ACRATH's Canberra advocacy report

acrath logo 150Fifteen advocates from Australian Catholics Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH)  met with 79 Members of Parliament and Advisors in Canberra on 22-25 September pushing forward key points of advocacy for policy work on human trafficking.

Monday, 08 September 2014 10:37

ACRATH feature wins press association award

cath outlook acrath 2014An article by Virginia Knight in Catholic Outlook featuring Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans was awarded Best Social Justice Coverage in the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards for Excellence 2014 in Canberra.

ACRATH-ad3 150The Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has approved funding for ACRATH– Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – in recognition of its work in direct outreach and raising awareness of human trafficking and slavery, strengthening its counter trafficking efforts into the future and its work with anti-trafficking networks around the world.

Monday, 03 March 2014 12:10

New President for ACRATH

ACRATH President 2014Mercy Sister Anne Tormey, Regional Coordinator of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH) in South Australia for the last three years, was elected as ACRATH President during the organisation's Conference in Melbourne last week.

ACRATH-ad3 150Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) has expanded its awareness campaign on trafficking through community service announcements in ethnic media outlets on radio and print across the country.

Australian Catholic Religious against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) released an online education resource to assist  secondary school teachers in educating and raising consciousness about the issue of human trafficking.

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 10:05

Where politics and chocolates meet ACRATH

Not content to sit on their advocacy gains, members of the ACRATH March 2013 advocacy team spent four days in Canberra where they found that the issue of human trafficking has not only business, but also bipartisan support.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:23

A united effort to stop human trafficking

Sister of Charity Suzette Clark introduces the work of UNANIMA International, which recently submitted a statement on ending the demand for trafficking in girls to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

International Women’s Day this year became particularly memorable for the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) with two significant victories in the lead up to this celebration. 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:34

Hard earned gains for ACRATH

Week-long lobbying by the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in Canberra among lawmakers and policy makers has not only achieved favourable legislation and policy outcomes but also raised the profile of the group.

A group of women religious from around Australia will make their sixth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia.

Monday, 28 May 2012 18:19

Government recognises ACRATH role

ACRATH logo Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) had a successful trip to Canberra last month with the Federal Government providing substantial new funding.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:18

Four Corners program on human trafficking

ACRATH logo Australian Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking (ACRATH) recommends Sally Neighbour’s Four Corners program, ‘Sex Slavery’, which goes inside the world of human trafficking – a world where women are bought and sold and traded like commodities. 

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:40

Taking trafficking issues to Canberra

Women Religious from across Australia will be asking politicians to play a bigger role in international prevention of trafficking of humans when they meet with them in Canberra this week.

Monday, 27 June 2011 16:51

Women Religious head to Canberra

A group of women Religious from around Australia are making their fifth annual pilgrimage to Canberra this week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia.

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