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July 30 marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons where we direct our thoughts, prayers and action toward the elimination of human trafficking. Our member organisation ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Persons) has produced a prayer resource to use in the lead up to, and on the day.
During this time when nine sites across three public housing estates have been completely locked down in two Melbourne suburbs for public health reasons, it is of vital importance that each one of the 3,000+ residents is treated with respect in regards to their inherent dignity. Public statement released by Catholic Social Services Victoria on 5th July 2020.

“Communities experiencing persistent disadvantage, need long-term and place-based solutions that address the underlying causes of disadvantage”, according to Joshua Lourensz, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria. “This includes using a strengths-based approach that recognises and harnesses the strengths of the local community and engages the community in the planning and development of solutions to address disadvantage." CSSV has released a report outlining the particular social service and infrastructure needs in the Warrnambool region.

“More than ever, communities in the Gippsland area need particular assistance. For those facing significant disadvantage in the region, improving infrastructure would help to improve access to important health, welfare, education and employment services and opportunities,” said Netty Horton, CEO of CatholicCare Greater Melbourne, and Gippsland.

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