Spotlight on the fight against modern slavery

Sr Louise Cleary CSB (left) and Dr Lisa McDonald (Supplied)

Two leaders in the fight against human trafficking will examine the state of modern slavery in Australia during an online discussion tomorrow. Source: ACRATH.

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) co-founder and president Sr Louise Cleary CSB and St Vincent’s Health Australia group mission leader Lisa McDonald will discuss “Human Trafficking, how far have we come?” in the 30-minute online conversation, scheduled for 11.30am (AEST).

The event coincides with the UNESCO-declared day of “Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition”, held yesterday, and today’s anniversary of the 1759 birth of William Wilberforce, the British politician who led the movement to abolish the slave trade.

Sr Louise and Dr McDonald will track the development of ACRATH in response to the growth of human trafficking in Australia and globally.

Dr McDonald will discuss SVHA’s commitment to caring for trafficked people and the groundbreaking work being done by the organisation.

SVHA, in partnership with ACRATH, has worked to develop a strong response to human trafficking and to slavery-proof supply chains. This work began before the Modern Slavery Act was passed in 2018.

Sr Louise is one of the women who helped launch ACRATH in 2005. She has walked alongside victim/survivors of human trafficking and advocated for system changes. She has been instrumental in many of ACRATH’s key initiatives and broader anti-trafficking achievements including the 2013 legislation criminalising forced marriage and the Modern Slavery Act in 2018.



How far have we come (ACRATH) 

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