Josef Szwarc

Josef Szwarc

Josef is Policy and Research Manager at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. He previously worked in a number of social policy and human rights positions in Australia and the UK. Josef will be joining the session "Reforming Immigration Detention" on Tuesday 19 February from 3.00pm - 4.30pm.  

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Louise Olliff

Louise Olliff

Dr Louise Olliff works as a senior advisor for the Refugee Council of Australia, where she has been employed in policy, research and advocacy roles since 2009. Her current role focusses on RCOA’s international and community engagement work. Louise completed a PhD in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2018, where her research explored the ways in which refugee diaspora communities in Australia are involved in helping people living in refugee situations in different parts of…

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Aung Soe Naing, Habiburahman (Habib)

Aung Soe Naing, Habiburahman (Habib)

Habib arrived by boat in Australia at the end of 2009  and spent 32 months in Australian detention centres before being released. Habib is the founder and spokesperson for the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization (ABRO: www.abro.org.au). Habib casually works as the support service co-ordinator at RISE Refugee Organization (http://riserefugee.org/) and he also serves as the Secretary of the International Rohingya organization called Arakan Rohingya National Assembly- ARNA,  based in the UK. Habib co-authored ''First They Erased Our Name'' (D’abord ils ont effacé notre nom. Un Rohingya…

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Deena Yako

Deena Yako

Deena is a former Assyrian-Mandaean refugee born in Iraq. Deena is a refugee advocate who utilises her personal experience of surviving and thriving as a refugee in her work as an educator, practitioner, and inspiration. Having been directly involved in refugee resettlement and been a co-founder of a number of thriving programs, supporting refugee young people and their families. Deena is an active refugee advocate and has represented the Australian Iraqi community at NGO consultations at the United Nations High Commissioner…

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Neil Barber

Neil Barber

Neil is lives in Wagga Wagga in Southern NSW and coordinates Australian Red Cross programs across NSW and ACT for people with lived experience of forced migration to have opportunities to successfully participate socially, economically and culturally in their communities of belonging – especially those living in or interested in moving to, small cities and towns in Southern NSW and around the ACT. Neil is also an academic associate with Charles Sturt University lecturing in Social Work Practice and Social…

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John Roc

John Roc

John is a Karen national from Burma. In the 60’s John came to Australia to study education at Sydney University under the Colombo Plan. When Burma came under a military dictatorship during this time, it was not safe for him to return due to his involvement in student activism against the regime. So he decided to remain in Australia and make his home here. John worked at UTS for 20 years as a Lecturer in Education involving himself in the…

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