ACRATH has launched its fundraising appeal and hopes to raise more than $100,000 in the lead up to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. The money will help ACRATH maintain vital programs to combat human trafficking, especially forced marriage and forced labour. While you are reading this, the marriage of a teenage schoolgirl in Australia is being planned by her family. She will most likely have never met the groom and she will have no say in the marriage. If she objects to the marriage she risks rejection by her family and community.
But thankfully she will not be left alone and homeless. Because of the work of ACRATH in lobbying the Federal Government she will have somewhere to stay, and support, if forced to leave her family home to escape the forced marriage.
President Sr Noelene Simmons SM said ACRATH could only do the work it does because of the generosity of supporters. “Last year leading up to 30th July you helped us raise $85,000 to keep us going. In acknowledgment of the critical work performed by ACRATH we also received a $125,000 grant from the Federal Government. That grant runs out on June 30 2018,” Sr Noelene said.“ Our mission is unchanged and the need is greater than ever– we must eradicate modern slavery and help the victims and survivors of human trafficking recover and thrive.”
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