A delegation from Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is this week embarking on its annual advocacy visit to Parliament House in Canberra.
The 10 ACRATH members will engage with members of Parliament to bring attention to pressing issues surrounding human trafficking and modern slavery, and advocate for systemic change.
There are four key issues that ACRATH will focus on this week to help prevent the exploitation of people in Australia and enable victim/survivors to access their human rights.
ACRATH will advocate for Australia to implement a national compensation scheme for victim/survivors of modern slavery, as well as a national labour hire licencing scheme.
ACRATH is keen to see action on the Albanese Government’s 2023 Budget announcement of a pilot scheme for an additional pathway onto the Support for Trafficked People Program.
ACRATH will also call for Australia to have an independent anti-slavery commissioner.
Mary Cameron is taking part in the ACRATH Canberra advocacy visit for the first time this week, while Sr Noelene Simmons SM has been an advocacy team member since 2010.
“It is a privilege to see democracy in action, and we have a part in that,” Ms Cameron said.
“It’s a two-way experience. The politicians say they learn from us as we learn from them,” Sr Noelene added.
Details: ACRATH Canberra Advocacy sheet.