Human Trafficking and Slavery
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.
Sister 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.
Australian 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.
Fifteen 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.
An 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.
The 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.
Mercy 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.
Australian 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.