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July 30 marks World Day Against Trafficking in Humans

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, and are also holding their annual fundraising appeal, to support its important work
On the 30th, ACRATH is hosting a ten-minute prayer gathering via Zoom at 12pm. Join the zoom meeting at 12pm (AEST) on this link. (Meeting ID: 839 6587 7041) 
ACRATH writes, “Many of you, your congregations, dioceses, parishes or communities, already donate to ACRATH and may have already done so in recent months. Others have supported trafficked people through prayer, advocacy, companionship, purchasing slavery-free products and letter writing.

“Thank you! It takes an almighty community effort to build the momentum needed to stop modern slavery and together we will bring an end to the trafficking of humans.

“We know in these times that seem chaotic and unpredictable, COVID-19 is impacting on the very people most vulnerable to trafficking because they often live in poverty and lack suitable housing and healthcare.Hundreds of thousands of these people will be drawn to the promise of work simply to put food on their family’s table – work that often turns out to be a job in slave-like conditions. Or worse, they will be sold into labour or sexual exploitation.

“Each year ACRATH asks for your support as we mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July. Each year, generously, you respond. And each year because of your response ACRATH has been able to develop projects, services and resources.

“None of this work, though challenging during the pandemic, could have happened without your support and we thank you.

If you are in a position now to continue to support the critical anti-trafficking work of ACRATH, at a time that is even more dangerous for those most vulnerable, we are incredibly thankful. Their time of need could not be greater.

“If you cannot offer any financial support during this difficult time, we understand and we ask you to continue to collaborate with us to stop human trafficking and modern slavery. ACRATH has produced a prayer for use to mark the 2020 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July. Again, we thank you for all the actions you take to prevent human trafficking and to support those who are trafficked and we ask you to consider donating to ACRATH today, if you are in a position to do so.”

Donate, and find out more, here.

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