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Prophetic role of religious in fight against trafficking

Catholic Religious Australia reports that Australia’s best practices in the work against trafficking in persons were presented recently to an international gathering of women religious, in Rome, by Brisbane’s Sister Pauline Coll SGS.

Sister Pauline is the national co-ordinator for ACRATH, Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans, a national organisation comprised of members of many different religious congregations and a number of consultant experts.

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) at its 2007 Assembly in Perth, formally accepted the challenge of working against the trafficking of women, children and men. CRA’s 180 members pledged to “do what we can within our structures and ministries to promote justice and healing for victims of trafficking”.

The members also agreed that CRA should take a “collective and public stance” against trafficking in women, children and men. This gave formal CRA recognition to the work of ACRATH, which had been supported by a substantial number of congregations, individually.

To read the entire article, go to Catholic Religious Australia’s website.

From: Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty (Sisters Leonie Crotty, Miriam Grech, Angela Reed, Anne Ryan). The Committee warmly invites your response to the article or the issue.

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator