Deng Thiak Adut
Deng Thiak Adut is a Sudanese child soldier turned
western Sydney lawyer and refugee advocate whose
harrowing tale of his personal journey as a refugee has
evoked strong emotions among Australians.
Born in South Sudan in 1984, one of eight children,
Deng was conscripted as boy soldier at just six years
old before going to war when he was only 10. Instead of
playing games and singing children’s songs he learnt
war songs and was taught to love the death of others.
He escaped the army in 1995 and arrived in Australia
as a 14-year-old refugee in 1998.
After teaching himself to read, write and speak English, Deng won a scholarship to study law at the University of Western Sydney in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 2010. He later obtained his Masters degree in Law at the University of Wollongong.
Deng Thiak Adut is now a partner in the AC Law Group, a firm he co-founded with Joseph Correy
in 2014. Deng practices in the areas of criminal, family, employment and international law. He is especially well known for his work as a criminal lawyer assisting the Sudanese community in Blacktown and for taking on refugee pro bono cases.
Deng is a community award recipient and has been described in the media as a “remarkable person”. He devotes many hours of his personal time every week to mentoring, advising and supporting members of his community. He regularly acts as a spokesperson for the Sudanese community and has frequently appeared in the media to advocate for their interests.