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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.


0218Bakhita 150Australia’s Catholic Bishops joined forces with Religious to highlight the fight against slavery and human trafficking as the Church celebrated the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

Pope Francis, who has continued the papal tradition of clear denunciation of human trafficking and slavery, designated February 8 as a day of prayer, reflection and action to end the injustice of human trafficking.

acrath logo 150ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) members from WA, NSW and Victoria, will walk the halls of Parliament House for four days this week (September 4-7), urging MPs to do more to combat human trafficking in Australia.

acrath and st vincents 150Australia’s leading anti-human trafficking group and a major health and aged care provider have joined forces in a groundbreaking effort to change the way hospitals treat trafficked people and how to ‘slavery proof’ the goods and services they use.

Sr Noelene Simmons sm 150In an interview for Global Sisters Report, ACRATH President Sister Noelene Simmons sm discussed the nature of human trafficking in Australia and the gains made by Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in their advocacy.

Monday, 27 March 2017 10:43

Buy slavery-free chocolates for Easter

chocolate eggAustralian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) offers a list and a guide for buying slavery-free chocolate easter eggs.

St Josephine Bakhita150Join ACRATH in celebrating the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita on 8 February 2017, the day Pope Francis has designated the world day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking.

ACRATH Carolan SimmonsChristine Carolan and and Sr Noelene Simmons sm of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) have written a paper for the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC).

16daysNovember 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. Find ways to join this campaign with ACRATH or Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 13:03

To be a pebble in the shoe of people with power

Sr Sarah Puls sgsLabour exploitation in Australia is a massive problem and becoming worse. And it’s not like our parliamentarians are unaware of the facts, writes Good Samaritan Sister Sarah Puls.

blue heart leaflet cvrIn his address to the United Nations in New York last year, Pope Francis reiterated that we have a "moral imperative to combat human trafficking, a true crime against humanity". What can we do in our own small way to mark this day and take action against human trafficking?

Sr Angela Reed June HRC 2016Angela Reed rsm delivered a joint statement by the Sisters of Mercy and Good Shepherd Sisters on 15 June at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, reports Mercy World.

Monday, 06 June 2016 13:03

2016 World Day Against Child Labour

WDACL2016 Poster150The World Day Against Child Labour marked on 12 June this year aims to raise awareness on how to keep child labour out of supply chains, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:29

Strategies to end child marriage

rescue us150A resource for developing national strategies to prevent child marriage was published by Girls Not Brides, a civil society partnership of organisations across 70 countries.

acrath small posterHuman 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.

rescue us150The 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.

chocolate eggIn 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. 

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.

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