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.
Human trafficking and slavery is a terrible consequence of economic and social exclusion, according to a submission from Australia’s Catholic bishops to a Senate inquiry.
The website Against Humanity strives to inform the public about the realities of human trafficking and provide resources for raising awareness and taking action to end human trafficking.
In anticipation of Easter celebrations, Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH) urge people to take a stand against human trafficking and slavery by buying and eating only slavery-free chocolate this Easter and not those that might have been produced using child labour from West Africa.
The 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.
The 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.
ACRATH (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.
The 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.
ACRATH 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).