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Stop the Traffik

Parishioner Toni Hassan, a director with charity Stop the Traffik Australia, traveled to Cambodia and Thailand earlier this year to see, touch, engage, laugh and cry with people impacted by modern slavery and those working to end human trafficking. She shared her high and lows with friends at an open-house event on the weekend.

Modern slavery is the fastest growing trade, the trade of people for exploitation, after illicit drugs. There are an estimated 40 million people in modern slavery, more people than at any time in human history. Poverty, poor governance, internal conflict and corruption are the perfect cocktail for modern slavery to thrive in, with women and children the worst impacted.

People often think modern slavery involves sex trafficking. Sex trafficking represents about a third of modern slavery cases. The majority involve forced labour in the high risk sectors including clothing manufacturing and seafood. Modern slavery exists in the supply chains of many of the goods we use and consume.

Watch this video produced by Stop the Traffik to know more: https://vimeo.com/324750705

There is good news. There are businesses and not-for-profits, secular and faith-based organisations working to prevent modern slavery, as well as a growing awareness among governments in the developed and developing world about the risks and how to mitigate them. Australia has adopted a Modern Slavery Act. 

Toni showcased the life-changing work of these businesses and advocates:

Outland Denim

Bloom Asia

Alongsiders International

Relentless

Thai Union

You as a consumer can ask business about their supply chains and choose to buy ethically-made goods. You can also donate to a charity making a difference


Anglican News

The latest Anglican News from the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn is available. It includes stories on developments at Synergy Youth and Children’s Ministry, commemoration of Aboriginal lives lost during colonisation, and Bishop Mark’s first message as Diocesan Bishop.

Holy Cross at the Palm Sunday 2019 Rally for Refugees

Members of Holy Cross church joined thousands of other concerned citizens of Canberra and surrounds at the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees.

Churches were widely represented, with members from the Uniting Church, Caritas, Vinnies, Baptists, Quakers, other Anglican churches, and many more in attendance.

We joined a wide cross-section of the community calling for humane treatment of refugees and an end to offshore detention: unions, including the Australian Education Union and the CFMEU, Muslims for Refugees, the Greens, Canberra Humanists, Amnesty International, the Medical Association for Prevention of War, Rural Australians for Refugees, the Refugee Action Collective, Academics for Refugees, the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and more.

Following three excellent speakers, we marched around the city, heading up to London Cct in front of the Legislative Assembly, down Akuna St then past the mall and back to Garema Place.

Why were these parishioners under the Holy Cross banner representing our parish at this rally? Jesus in his teachings always stood for the poor, the dispossessed, the weak, the sick, the unjust, the unfortunate and the refugee. The parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind. It comes down to honesty and love.

This event organized by the Canberra Refugee Action Committee took place on Sunday, April 14 2019.

Group of people holding banners and signs saying 'Safe Settlement Now" and "Indefinite Detention is Torture" in front of Holy Cross banner
Holy Cross contingent Palm Sunday rally for refugees 2019

St Margaret’s-Holy Cross partnership in Canberra City News

Dedication of the site 1967: Don Erickson, Kenneth Clements, Colin Rush

Our cooperative partnership was recently featured in Canberra City News. Andrew Leigh, the Federal Member for Fenner, wrote about the partnership after he attended the induction of our new Holy Cross rector, Tim Watson. Read more here.

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