The Society of the Sacred Heart is involved with the work of raising awareness of Trafficking of Humans. We have members belonging to ANZRATH (Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). Another excellent, pro-active organisation, Stop the Traffik offers an in depth understanding of the many forms of trafficking existing in every corner of our world. Sexual exploitation, Labour exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, organ harvesting, drug trade, child soldiers… We invite you to visit these websites and learn more about the horrendous activities that are happening close to home. Know how to recognise the insidious signs and how to
8 February – the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita – will be a day of prayer and reflection on human trafficking. St Josephine Bakhita experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. Following her delivery to freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She eventually became a Canossian Sister, living a life of prayer and service for fifty years. She died on 8 February 1947 and was canonized in 2000. St Bakhita Feast Day Resources Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans has prepared this reflection sheet to help communities, classes and groups to mark the day. You may find
During Advent we wait in hope for the birth of the Christ child. This Inspirational People of 2015 Advent Calendar helps us to count down the days. Each day another story of an inspirational person is revealed. These stories of people taking action against trafficking in persons remind us that we are not powerless. The Calendar is the work of Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ANZRATH). Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans raises awareness of human trafficking, its causes and of the scope for local action. ANZRATH collaborates with other organizations in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region, and around the world, to advocate for measures
The World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking will be celebrated for the first time on Sunday 8 February 2015, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita. The Day has been declared in response to a request from women religious to Pope Francis. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia are getting behind it and have produced a range of useful resources for schools, parishes, religious communities and groups. The Society of the Sacred Heart is a long time supporter of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans and New Zealand Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans. We encourage you to join in prayer, reflection and
JPIC International Coordinator, Anne Corry RSCJ reflects on the Sydney hostage crisis and draws our attention to Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace 2015 read more. A summary of the message, titled No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters, a link to the full text, and questions for reflection are available here.
Five years ago Australian supermarkets did not have any Easter chocolate certified as slavery-free, but in 2013 there were at least six slavery-free Easter eggs and rabbits available. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) identified the following products available in 2013: Divine eggs (milk & dark) Green & Black eggs (milk & dark) Chocolatier eggs (milk & dark) Chocolatier (3 rabbits boxed with 3 tiny eggs) Cadbury dairy milk eggs Oxfam chocolates – a large range of chocolate bars If you know of other slave-free products available for Easter 2014, please email ACRATH at firstname.lastname@example.org. An action booklet can be downloaded here.
Are you planning to buy Easter Eggs? As a member of ACRATH, the Society of the Sacred Heart is supporting the Fair Trade Easter Egg campaign. It is part of our commitment to end trafficking in persons and labour exploitation. Read more about the Fair trade Chocolate Easter Campaign or follow the Facebook Page
In February 2012, twelve Religious representing eight Congregations joined together in Auckland to discern how best to address human trafficking issues in New Zealand. The RSCJ are playing an active part. Read the February 2013 NZRATH report …