Alex Reilly

Alex Reilly

Alex Reilly is Professor of Law and Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit at the University of Adelaide. Alex researches and teaches in the areas of migration,…

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Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho is the Acting Co-Manager of the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH), and Manager of the Multicultural Health and Support Services (MHSS). MHSS is the only state-wide…

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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…

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Anwya Oraha Khananya

Anwya Oraha Khananya

My name is Anwya Oraha Khananya. I was born in Nineveh- Iraq and I arrived in Australia on the 1st of February 2018 as a refugee under the humanitarian program. I…

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Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar is originally from Iran and lives in Australia. Arash fled his home at the age of 16 and traveled to Malaysia registering as a refugee with UNHCR in…

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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…

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Besmellah Rezaee

Besmellah Rezaee

Besmellah is the Principal Solicitor of Beena Rezaee (BR) Legal and Migration. Besmellah is also a Registered Migration Agent with a strong background in legal practice. Besmellah is the holder…

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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…

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Daniel Gamboa

Daniel Gamboa

Daniel Gamboa is a youth development specialist and a former refugee from Colombia. He is the co-founder and current national president of the New Zealand National Refugee Youth Council, the…

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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…

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Ella Dixon

Ella Dixon

Born in the Philippines, Ella moved to Australia with her family in 1981 when she was a young girl. Ella is the current CEO of Migrant Resource Centre where she…

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Eugenia Tsoulis

Eugenia Tsoulis

Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC). Eugenia has over 40 years of volunteer and work experience, being a leader in multicultural…

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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…

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Gabriel Akon

Gabriel Akon

Gabriel ‘DyspOra’ Akon is an award-winning Hip-Hop recording artist, sonic activist, poet and founder of the playback 808 Kingdom. The nomadic troubadour was born in South Sudan and raised across various locations…

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Helen Barrie

Helen Barrie

Dr Helen Barrie is a Research Fellow and the Deputy Director of the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide. Her research has a focus…

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Ismail Alizada

Ismail Alizada

My name is Ismail Alizada, I am a former refugee from Afghanistan. I arrived in Australia in 2010. Since 2010 I have been living in Adelaide. I am currently running…

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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…

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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…

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John Khateeb

John Khateeb

John Khateeb is a settlement coach at AnglicareSA where he helps humanitarian entrants, other eligible permanent migrants and their communities to address their settlement needs in order to improve independence,…

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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…

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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…

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Joyce Chia

Joyce Chia

Dr Joyce Chia is Director of Policy at the Refugee Council of Australia. Joyce was previously Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law…

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Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark

Kathryn has 10 years experience working with diverse communities both locally and internationally in community development, program management, and research roles. She currently works as the Casework Program Manager at…

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Kelly Nicholls

Kelly Nicholls

Kelly has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years with a range of roles including senior management, advocacy, campaigns, fundraising and media relations. She has worked for a…

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Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla is a very passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant. She has displayed great courage and…

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Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh came to Canberra as a Vietnamese refugee when he was two and has lived there ever since. He has had a go at a few things. He worked…

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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…

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Lisa Button

Lisa Button

Lisa Button is a Policy Advisor for the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.  Lisa has worked in refugee and migration law and policy for the last decade, including in her current role…

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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…

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Malual Madhal Mawien

Malual Madhal Mawien

Mal was born in South Sudan and arrived in Australia in 2000. As someone who is focused on ensuring the best possible supports are available for his community and others,…

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Manal Younus

Manal Younus

Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance , Manal…

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Margherita Coppolino

Margherita Coppolino

Margherita Coppolino is an Inclusion consultant. With an outstanding network of contacts in government, business and social justice organisations, Margherita has a proven ability to inspire and influence a wide…

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Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland is the coordinator the Vinnies SA Good Works Migrant and Refugee Centre located in Hindmarsh SA, which provides emergency assistance to more than 1500 individual contacts each year.…

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Melanie Baak

Melanie Baak

Dr Melanie Baak is a Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of South Australia and the convenor of the Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet). In recent research…

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Mohamed Assaf

Mohamed Assaf

Mohamed Assaf is Electrical Engineer with over 15 years of experience in Engineering, HV/LV, Power Industry, and Building Services. He has experience in major projects delivery and design management for…

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Mozhgan Moarefizadeh

Mozhgan Moarefizadeh

Mozhgan is a human rights advocate, public speaker and legally trained refugee law paralegal, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching and Translation. In 2013 Mozhgan moved to Indonesia with…

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Muzafar Ali

Muzafar Ali

Muzafar Ali is a former refugee from Afghanistan. He is currently living in Adelaide and studies at University of South Australia. He worked for seven years for the United Nations…

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Najeeba Wazefadost

Najeeba Wazefadost

Since arriving in Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan, Najeeba Wazefadost has graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Western Sydney and is now studying a second…

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Navitalai (Navi) Ravia

Navitalai (Navi) Ravia

Navi was born, raised, and schooled in Fiji; both parents are Fijian. He worked in Hospitality and Tourism in Fiji and his most recent role before leaving Fiji for Australia…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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Paul Power

Paul Power

Paul Power has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national umbrella body for 200 agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers, since 2006. Paul…

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Puttanee Kangkun

Puttanee Kangkun

Puttanee Kangkun is a Senior Thailand Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights. She has more than 15-years of experience engaging on human rights issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia. With…

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Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas is a Syrian activist and PhD candidate at Macquarie University, where he has taught within the field of politics and international relations. He is a Council for At-Risk…

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Robyn Sampson

Robyn Sampson

Dr Robyn Sampson is an internationally recognised expert on alternatives to immigration detention. Her research on alternatives to detention, undertaken with the International Detention Coalition, is a key resource in…

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Robyn Smythe

Robyn Smythe

Robyn Smythe is the Director of the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service in South Australia (STTARS).   STTARS provides services to advance the health, wellbeing and human…

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Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi experience spans across strategy, organising and media. She is currently the senior human rights and racial justice campaigner at GetUp and Colour Code. Colour Code is an independent…

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Sahar Okhovat

Sahar Okhovat

Sahar Okhovat is a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia, the national umbrella body for refugees, people seeking asylum and the organisations and individuals who support them.…

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Samia Sayed

Samia Sayed

Samia Sayed (She/Her pronoun) is a Sydney based artist, writer and curator and is currently employed at Twenty10 as the Groups & Projects- Client Engagement Officer.  Twenty10 is a housing,…

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Sangeetha Pillai

Sangeetha Pillai

Dr Sangeetha Pillai is a constitutional lawyer and a Senior Research Associate at the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. She is an expert on Australian citizenship…

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Sara Shengeb

Sara Shengeb

Sara came to Australia as a political refugee from Eritrea six years ago.  Since her arrival, she has been a strong advocate for empowering and engaging young people to shape the…

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Shankar Kasynathan

Shankar Kasynathan

Shankar Kasynathan came to Australia with his family seeking refuge from the early years of the civil war in Sri Lanka. He has worked with asylum seekers & refugee communities…

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Shukufa Tahiri

Shukufa Tahiri

Shukufa Tahiri works as a Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). Her work involves policy analysis, research and advocacy on national issues affecting the human rights of…

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Tina Dixson

Tina Dixson

Tina Dixson an experienced policy, advocacy and communication professional and a feminist academic with a strong expertise in LGBTIQ, refugee and women’s rights in Australia and overseas. Tina has a strong record of…

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Toni Maldari

Toni Maldari

Dr Toni Maldari has worked in refugee health for the past 12 years. She has previous experience working in rural and urban general practice and in Aboriginal health. Dr Maldari…

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Ukash Ali Ahmed

Ukash Ali Ahmed

Ukash Ali Ahmed was born in Somalia. He fled his home country when he was 10 years old. Ukash lived in the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya for 18…

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Vick Mau

Vick Mau

Vicki is the National Manager - Migration Support Programs at Australian Red Cross, working with teams to address the humanitarian needs of people who have been trafficked, held in immigration…

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Waleed Alkhazrajy

Waleed Alkhazrajy

Dr Waleed Alkhazrajy is 50 something years old, from Iraq, the cradle of civilization. Waleed left Iraq in a hurry in 1995. He arrived uninvited without a visa to the…

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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…

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Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin is an arts/events producer and activist based in Narrm (Melbourne). His work has sought to centre voices from the margins within the mainstream art sphere. These have been performed at La…

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Zita Ngor

Zita Ngor

Zita Adut Deng Ngor graduated with Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons) and a Bachelor of International Studies in 2003.  In 2009 she completed a Master of Public and…

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