Understanding the Cry of the Most Vulnerable
The AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN HUMANS (ACRATH) National Meeting was held on 14 – 16 February and discerned concrete ways to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly and courageously beside each other.
The AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN HUMANS (ACRATH) National Meeting was held on 14 – 16 February 2011 at the Holy Cross Centre in Templestowe, Victoria. The meeting was attended by more than 30 members from 5 States, including seven Sisters of Mercy. The agenda included the AGM, celebrating ACRATH’s achievements in 2010, Strategic Planning and Workshops on various topics including Labour Trafficking, ACRATH and the UN and, ACRATH and ASIA. Bob Pease, the Keynote Speaker focused on ‘Engaging Men and Boys in Counter-trafficking Work’. FAIRTRADE is an important means to raise people out of poverty which is a root cause of people being trafficked. ACRATH continues its vigorous support of FAIRTRADE and a market was held which supported various women’s services within the Pacific/Asia area.
Prayer and Reflection
During the three day meeting members gathered daily for prayer. Please support the work of ACRATH by reflecting on the issue. Our prayer included:
You beckon the whole universe into life, O God…
These days we gather:
so that we may better understand the cry of our most vulnerable sisters and brothers throughout the world.
so that we may understand why some of our brothers and sisters are trapped and driven to betray and break, to shatter and steal the souls of women, men and children.
to discern concrete ways to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly and courageously beside each other… beside ALL our brothers and sisters.
OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
"The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it." Secretary Clinton (June 14, 2010)
The victims’ testimonies included in this report are meant to be representative only and do not include all forms of existing trafficking. Any of these stories could take place anywhere in the world. They illustrate the many forms of trafficking and the wide variety of places in which trafficking occurs.
Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator