Leah Perkins

Leah Perkins

Leah Perkins is a Managing Associate at Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers in Melbourne. Leah advises across all visa subclasses and complex issues and regularly appears before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Migration and General Divisions) in merits review appeals and also has experience running judicial review matters at the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court. In addition to her interest in humanitarian visas, Leah has extensive experience in visa cancellations, citizenship and family migration including family violence matters.Leah is responsible for…

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Jo Tabit

Jo Tabit

Jo Tabit, Senior Manager Given the Chance Workforce Solutions That Matter, Brotherhood of St Laurence A former Playwright and Manager for the Victorian Branch of the Australian Writers Guild, Jo first worked at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, (BSL)  as the Mentor Coordinator for the refugee employment program pioneered by the Multicultural Communities Team (MCT),  Given the Chance. Since then, Jo has occupied a range of roles in the Brotherhood, including Program Manager of Given the Chance and MCT Manager. …

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Amir Abdi

Amir Abdi

Amir Abdi is a passionate and motivated advocate for human rights. He possesses an interest in supporting others from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly people from refugee backgrounds and those who are seeking asylum. Amir has also been an active champion within the Disability Sector, challenging access and awareness issues for people of all abilities, notably those living with vision loss. In June 2018, Amir was presented with the Victorian Award from Friends of Refugees by Professor Gillian Triggs,…

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Neha Madhok

Neha Madhok

Neha Madhok has over ten years of experience in Australian political campaigning and is driven by the power of grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes for social justice. Currently, Neha is a National Co-Director at Democracy in Colour - the first Australia-wide organisation led by and for people of colour, and for economic justice. Previously she was a Senior Campaigner at 350.org Australia. Neha has worked on the Yes campaign at Australian Marriage Equality, and she was a Digital Campaigner in the Australian union…

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Yosief Araya

Yosief Araya

Yosief Araya works with Catholic Crosscultural Services as the director of the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) - a national program funded by the Canadian government, which provides training and support to groups that sponsor refugees. He has been working in the field of refugee sponsorship for the last 14 years and offered presentations in various cities across Canada and Europe. He has volunteered with various organizations. He was a founding board member of Lifeline Syria, a co-chair of a…

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A Platform For Change

A Platform for Change

The theme for this year’s conference is the refugee sector’s ‘Platform for Change’ - our call for five key changes to Australian refugee policy. This is what we want to see in Australia, and this is what we will work together to achieve. End offshore processing What we want:The people we have sent to Nauru and Manus Island should be brought to Australia immediately. We should end our policies of deterrence and treat people as required by the Refugee Convention.…

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Flora Chol

Flora Chol

Flora (Flo) Chol is a writer, poet and activist hailing from South Sudan. Flora describes herself as 'an earthy black woman writing things in a stream of literary consciousness'. Flora writes poetry and short stories which explore an unprovoked sense of creativity, the complexities in societies and the dynamics of growing up as a young South Sudanese woman in Diaspora. As a Pan Africanist, Flora explores many themes and discourses which promote a free, self-reliant and self-defining Africa. She embodies these beliefs through…

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Clemence Due

Clemence Due

Dr Clemence Due is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide. Her research spans a range of areas related to health and wellbeing for people with refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds, with a particular interest in mental health. Together with Associate Professor Anna Ziersch at Flinders University, her key research relates to understandings of trauma and access to primary healthcare, the impact of visa insecurity on health, social determinants of health for people with…

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Joanna Josephs

Joanna Josephs

Joanna Josephs is the Operations Manager of the Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD inc.). CARAD provides essential case management, emergency relief and volunteer support for people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Perth, WA. As part of her role, Joanna re-established a Detention Visiting Program in 2015 which has provided social support and advocacy to more than 250 detainees through a team of dedicated volunteers. She has also led CARAD’s first social enterprise project, the Fare…

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Nishadh Rego

Nishadh Rego

Nishadh Rego is the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia. Nishadh is responsible for developing and implementing JRS Australia’s advocacy strategy; leading it's strategic lobbying and campaigning initiatives; and contributing to policy development/analysis on issues affecting people seeking asylum and refugees at a national and regional level. Prior to joining JRS, Nishadh worked as a caseworker with Baptcare Sanctuary, a specialist homelessness service working with people seeking asylum in Melbourne. Nishadh has also worked in a variety of research,…

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