• July 19 destroyed my life

    July 19 destroyed my life

    On July 19, 2013, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that people seeking asylum by sea would be prevented from settling in Australia and detained offshore, creating a cruel system propped up by successive governments. Below, Betelhem Tebubu, human rights activist and survivor of offshore processing on Nauru, writes about what this day means to

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  • From despair to hopefulness: Ahmadi’s Story

    From despair to hopefulness: Ahmadi’s Story

      Forced to leave a life he loved, Ahmadi* came to Australia one winter. “Back in my home country, I am a psychologist and writer…I was a published writer, writing articles in newspapers and even having many books published. It was because of what I wrote that meant I had to leave my home country.

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  • Advocating for an end to detention

    Advocating for an end to detention

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) has spent over 20 years advocating for the rights of people in detention in collaboration with sector partners and refugee advocates. The ASRC’s Detention Advocacy program was formed as a response to Australia’s horrific detention policies, and has existed in a range of formats for close to 20 years,

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  • The ASRC’s Preventing Homelessness Fund (for people released from detention)

    The ASRC’s Preventing Homelessness Fund (for people released from detention)

    Update on how we have been supporting people with these funds: Since it was established in March 2021, the Preventing Homelessness Fund has accommodated 138 people after they were released from detention. People have been supported from across four states. Originally, the fund had a commitment of $500,000 alongside a $1,000 per person delivered via

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  • Introducing the Rapid Response Team

    Introducing the Rapid Response Team

    People seeking asylum face many barriers to live independently and are increasingly presenting at the ASRC with complex mental health issues and greater impacts on their wellbeing. We’ve listened to what people need and are working to evolve and adapt our services to help them build a better life on their own terms. We are

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