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In a statement released 23 January 2020, the St Vincent de Paul Society has assured Australians that every dollar raised for the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal will be used to support the people affected by the fires. For more information about how Vinnies is helping, click here, and help spread the word! 

The first issue of Stop Trafficking! for 2020, which is shared by Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), highlights the intersection between migration and trafficking. Articles include Trafficking Risks for Refugees, the Global Compact on Migration, Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration, Gridlock: Labour, Migration and Human Trafficking in Dubai and Migrants and Trafficking: the Vulnerability of Movement.

Download your copy of the January 2020 issue of Stop Trafficking! here.
Catholic Social Services Victoria supports a joint statement made by McAuley Services for Women, Uniting Care Vic.Tas. and Anglicare Vic., in expressing concern at the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill. The statement says: A second draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill was released earlier this week, introducing changes that include a broader definition of which organisations can discriminate based on religion.
In appreciation of the support provided by its volunteers, Edmund Rice Camps is hosting a barbecue on Sunday 16 February 2020, 12:30pm - 3pm, at Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy. Volunteers are invited to join with the Edmund Rice Camps Board and Staff for a summer barbecue, to reflect on the 2019 camping year and to catch up with leaders from across the summer.  All volunteers are welcome. For catering purposes, please register your attendance here. 
St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) has embarked on a groundbreaking training program to help key staff identify and support vulnerable people who present to its hospitals who have been trafficked. The Advocates for Change initiative is part of a wider anti-trafficking project that SVHA began in 2017 in partnership with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) which has worked to combat slavery for the past 16 years
Due to public health guidelines and the state of emergency that has been declared in Victoria in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Catholic Social Services Victoria will be presenting our 2020 program of Mission Inspired Leadership evenings online via Zoom 3 September; 24 September; 29 October; 26 November.
Jesuit Social Services has launchedtwo new podcast series; the first is co-produced between its Support After Suicide program, Joy 94.9 and Switchboard Victoria, and provides support, conversation and comfort to people affected by suicide. The second podcast series is called Braided, which was produced by its Artful Dodgers Studios and captures stories of young people.

Jesuit Social Services is pleased to announce that applications for the fourth round of the Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program, which seeks to increase the representation of African-Australians from refugee and other backgrounds in Victoria Police, are now open! Successful applicants will commence the Victoria University 15 week Course in Policing Recruitment Pathway, which is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, on 31 March 2020. Applications close 19 February 2020.

Wellsprings for Women has received a grant from RACV Community Foundation to support its ‘Creative Enterprising Women’ program, designed to help vulnerable and isolated migrant and refugee women to build confidence and know-how that would enable them to utilise their existing skills either as a source to earn an income or to contribute to help others in the community.

Congratulations to Sr Mary O'Shannassy, who recently celebrated 25 years of working in Prison Ministry. Sr Mary said, “To be with, to sit with, to walk with, to loiter with people that are considered right down there. There is preciousness in each one of them and it just takes time to be with them, to sit with them, and to be privileged to share the sacredness of the story that has brought them to be who they are. So these 25 years have been a gift to me.” As an aside, Sr Mary defines chaplaincy as ‘loitering with intent’.

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