Mia-lia Boua Kiernan

International Detention Coalition

Mia-lia joined the International Detention Coalition (IDC) as Campaigns & Communications Coordinator in January 2019, prior to that she served as Campaign Officer at IDC for almost two years.

Mia-lia has a long history of grassroots organising in the United States, and co-founded a community organisation in Philadelphia, 1Love Movement, to advocate against detention and deportation of Cambodian refugees from the US.

She believes strongly in promoting the need for directly impacted people, families, and communities to lead and guide advocacy work on issues that effect their own lives.

She holds a BA in International and Area Studies, and an MA in Public Policy and Management.

Mia-lia will be moderating the plenary session 'Unpacking lived experience' on Thursday 13 February 

    11.30am - 1.00pm

    Conference Day One Thursday 13

    Plenary: Unpacking lived experience leadership

    In this session, we discuss the meaning of 'lived experience' within different contexts, and in relation to themes of representation, accountability, leadership, and solidarity. Speakers will examine the principles and complexities of meaningful engagement and leadership of people with first-hand experience of a particular issue, as well as the ethical, political and practical dimensions of doing so.


    Mia-lia Boua Kiernan, International Detention Coalition


    Shukufa Tahiri, Refugee Council of Australia
    Nishadh Rego, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
    Zaki Haidari, Community Representative
    Rhanna Collins, National Indigenous Television
    Dominic Golding, National Ethnic Disability Alliance
    Cyprien Ntezimana, Rwandan Association of Queensland


    RAPPP 1 Main Auditorium