Detention Rights Advocacy
The ASRC’s Detention Rights Advocacy program works with people seeking asylum in onshore and offshore detention to provide casework services encompassing emotional support, information about the complexities of Australia’s policies, resettlement options to third countries, and referrals to medical and legal services and others who can help the clients.
Where it’s in the individual’s interest to do so, after obtaining legal advice, we support people seeking asylum to speak with the media safely, to make sure their voices are heard and the injustices affecting them become known. We seek to strengthen people’s voices for self-advocacy, and to be their voice when they need us to be. We work closely with the sector to campaign for the end of arbitrary detention, closure of offshore detention, and for everyone to be resettled in a safe environment respecting their human rights.
The program currently has over 400 clients in detention across Australia and in Nauru and PNG, and comprises a Detention Advocacy Manager, Sadaf Ismail and two case workers.