August 20, 2012
Australian Religious to Speak for the Rights of Trafficked People
A group of women religious from around Australia will make their sixth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia.
The fifteen women, Catholic sisters and their colleagues, are all members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). They will spend a week (August 19-24) in Canberra speaking to Members of Parliament, Advisors, Embassy staff, departmental officials and Church leaders in their continuing endeavours to ensure trafficked people access their human rights.
ACRATH acknowledges the current work of the Australian Government, particularly its willingness to collaborate with NGOs to develop social policy to address the issue of human trafficking. We believe effective legislation has grown out of the genuine collaboration between government and civil society. The process has included frank dialogue as well as formal national round tables at which stakeholders
have discussed the issues.
During the forthcoming visit to Canberra ACRATH members will speak with over 76 Members of Parliament and Ministerial staff. The following are their requests to Members of Parliament: ACRATH particularly wishes to encourage Members of Parliament to support the new legislation Crimes Legislation Amendments (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012.
For more information see the attached document - Talking Points for Advocacy visit to Canberra.
Christine Carolan Sr Maree Marsh csb
ACRATH National Projects Coordinator ACRATH National Chairperson
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