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Religious receive funding to combat trafficking

Members of the advocacy and support group, Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), recently walked the corridors of Parliament House, Canberra to lobby politicians, advisors and government department workers. It was said that the group’s presence in the parliament was akin to a walking conscience reminding people of the imperative to be just.

Eleven members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) made their second visit to Parliament House in September to lobby politicians, advisors and government department workers.

Key issues discussed included the need for visa reform to reflect human rights rather than a criminal justice framework, and to ensure that the provision of services for trafficked people in Australia take a holistic approach.

Among the group lobbying politicians was Sister Rosemary Baker RSM.

A visual report can be downloaded here.

Commonwealth funding to combat people trafficking
When ACRATH Victoria met on October 24 there was great excitement because the previous day the Federal Government announced funding to four non-government organisations (NGOs) including ACRATH.

The Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus announced $1 million in funding to help four Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) in their efforts to combat people trafficking.

The Anti-Slavery Project, Project Respect, the Scarlet Alliance and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans will each be granted $250,000 to provide vital outreach for trafficking victims and conduct education and awareness initiatives on people trafficking.

Further information:
Minister for Home Affairs, Commonwealth Funding to Combat People Trafficking.

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator
Email: Institute.Justice@mercy.org.au