Since 1990, the Mercy Foundation has remained focused on tackling poverty in Australia.
Challenging unfair structures and systems that result in poverty and taking action by working in partnership with other organisations, providing seed funding for projects through our grants programs, advocacy with all levels of government and education has helped bring about real change for disadvantaged Australians.
We work to address the drivers of poverty, such as inadequate access to housing, health care, education and income, discrimination because of race or gender and social exclusion.
Human trafficking and slavery exploits highly vulnerable men, women and children experiencing poverty. It denies fundamental human rights and strips people of human dignity. Human Trafficking and Slavery is a new area of interest for the Mercy Foundation. Globally, the Sisters of Mercy have been working to address this issue over the last few years and are making inroads in prevention and responses to this issue, especially where women and girls are concerned.
The Mercy network is working to eradicate human trafficking through addressing root causes, raising awareness and lobbying to change policies to prevent Human Trafficking, whilst ensuring there is national legislation in place to protect, facilitate justice for, and offer full support to survivors of trafficking.
We are currently working on how we can best make a contribution to ending human trafficking and slavery in Australia. We have already made a submission to the Joint Committee Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia and the focus of our Youth Awards this year is ending human trafficking and slavery in Australia.