ACRATH Calendar 2018

ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign

Human Trafficking and Slavery

Campaign to Halt Forced Labour

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Santa Marta Group Meets

Posted in February 19th, 2018

Church and Law Enforcement Collaborate

The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis, to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. The fifth international Santa Marta conference took place at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences from 8 – 9 February 2018. The conference focused on human trafficking and modern slavery in different geographical regions and the activities undertaken to combat it. Opening the Conference Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Santa Marta Group, spoke about building trust and active partnerships to combat human trafficking. In meeting with the group at the end of their conference Pope Francis said:

“Initiatives to combat human trafficking, while concretely aimed at dismantling criminal structures, must increasingly consider broader issues associated, for example, with the responsible use of technology and the communications media, to say nothing of exploring the ethical implications of models of economic growth that privilege profit over persons.”

The Australian Federal Police has been actively involved in the Santa Marta Group since its inception.

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Greater Access to Support

Posted in February 15th, 2018

Minister Announces  Enhanced Support for Victims of  Forced Marriage

ACRATH is delighted with the news that, for a trial period of twelve months, victims of forced marriage in Australia will be able to access support from the Support for Trafficked People Program for 200 days (formerly only  90 days were possible). In making this announcement Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Alex Hawke,  indicated support will not be dependent on participation in the criminal justice process. For some years a number of NGOs including ACRATH have advocated for this change. The trial period is welcome. It will make a huge difference in the lives of those impacted by forced marriage. ACRATH is also pleased the Government is providing Red Cross with extra resources to implement this trial. Read the media statement from Minister Hawke here.

Feastday Highlights Realities of Modern Slavery

Posted in February 8th, 2018

Bishops and ACRATH Release Media Statement

The Catholic Church in Australia and around the world will recommit to fighting slavery and human trafficking in the coming days as it celebrates the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Pope Francis, who has continued the papal tradition of clear denunciation of human
trafficking and slavery, has designated February 8 as a day of prayer, reflection and action to end the injustice of human trafficking.

St Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint for victims of slavery, was born in the west Sudanese region of Darfur in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped for slavery in both Sudan and Italy. Following her delivery from slavery, Josephine became a Canossian Sister and dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She died on February 8, 1947 and was canonised in 2000. Read more…


Slavery Free Easter Chocolate

Posted in February 5th, 2018

Is Your Easter Egg Slavery Free?

In 2015, Pope Francis said that
“every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always
a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”

Thousands of children in West Africa pick cocoa beans that are used in chocolate production. Most of the children don’t know what the cocoa beans are used for, and many will never taste chocolate. But we will.

This Easter we will spend millions of dollars on chocolate. We will buy chocolate as gifts and we will buy some to add to hampers for raffles and fundraising campaigns, such as CARITAS’ wonderful Project Compassion appeal. This year buy only slavery-free chocolate that features one of these three logos on the wrapper. fair-trade-logos
Join millions of people around the world in an effort to make all chocolate slavery-free. Find out how to make a difference in your school, parish and community. Click here for more resources.


Celebrate St Josephine Bakhita

Posted in February 1st, 2018

World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

Communities throughout the world are preparing to celebrate the World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking which is held each year on 8th February, the feastday of St Josephine Bakhita.

If you live in Sydney or Melbourne you might like to attend a Mass to celebrate and reflect on the issue of Human Trafficking. Details are as follows:

Melbourne – 7.30pm Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Sydney – 5.30pm Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral

As we celebrate this day let us reflect on the role we can play to bring about an end to human trafficking and slavery in our time. Resources can be found here.

Stronger Action Needed

Posted in January 29th, 2018

Anti-Slavery Commissioner Contacts 25 FTSE 100 Firms

UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, has contacted 25 FTSE 100 firms concerning their failure to meeting reporting requirement of the UK Modern Slavery Act. Hyland said: “Despite some encouraging, positive change since the legislation came into force, 2016’s corporate modern slavery statements were patchy in quality, with some companies failing to produce them at all and others demonstrating little meaningful engagement with the issues.” Under the MSA firms with a turnover of £38 million are required to report on what they are doing to investigate and eliminate the presence of slavery in their supply chain. Read more…

In 2017 the Australian Government conducted an Inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act. The report of this inquiry recommends that businesses with an annual turn over of $50 million should be required to report on their effort to investigate, and if found eliminate, slavery in their supply chain.

2018 World Day of Prayer

Posted in January 12th, 2018

Migration Without Trafficking

The theme for the 2018 World Day of Prayer and Action Against Human Trafficking is Migration without Trafficking. The day is observed on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Josephine was sold into slavery as a very young child. After gaining her freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. Resources for participating in the World Day of Prayer prepared by ACRATH and Talitha Kum can be found here.

Women Thrive SDG5 Toolbox

Posted in January 10th, 2018

SDG ToolboxAchieve Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals includes one goal on gender equality. Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls – has nine targets, one of which aims to “eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation”

The Women Thrive Alliance, a global feminist advocacy network with the aim of making gender equality a reality, has released an SDG5 Toobox. The toolbox contains fact sheets and suggestions for action. Download a copy of the Toolbox here.

Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking

Posted in January 8th, 2018

IOM researchEvidence from Mediterranean Routes

On 21 december IOM (International Organization for Migration) issued a report on “Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Evidence from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Migration Routes”. The report. In this unprecedented time of mass migration one in seven people is a migrant. For some migrants the path they must take in search of a better life can be very precarious and even dangerous. Irregular and unsafe migration routes can increase vulnerability to violence, abuse and exploitation, including trafficking in persons. In 2015 and 2016, there was a large increase in arrivals of migrants and refugees fleeing protracted conflict, poverty and persecution, and seeking security and economic opportunities in Europe. The largest number of recorded migrant arrivals to Europe in 2015 occurred on the Eastern Mediterranean route. IOM research shows that more than one third (37%) of all interviewed migrants had a personal experience that indicated the presence of human trafficking or other exploitative practices along the route. Seventy-three per cent of migrants interviewed along the Central Mediterranean route presented at least one indicator of exploitation, along with 14 per cent of migrants interviewed along the Eastern Mediterranean route. Read  more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in January 7th, 2018

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 1

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is the US. The January 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! provides education materials to be used during this month. Articles include What is Human Trafficking, Forced Labour on Fishing Vessels, Tackling Forced Labour in Company Supply Chains and Forced Labour as Domestic Servants. Download the January 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! here.

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