Voices for freedom

Experience our unique perspectives, support our advocacy and celebrate our voices!

We are people from refugee backgrounds advocating for human rights and respect for multicultural communities, including people seeking asylum.

Our voices are powerful and important because of our unique lived experience and personal connection to challenges and achievements that come with seeking asylum and building life as new Australians.

Voices for Freedom is a digital space for our articles, photography, art and videos on topics of our choice.

    • 09 NOV 18
    Nothing about us, without us!

    Nothing about us, without us!

    As nine people finished Sydney’s Advocacy and Power Program (APP), six presented their journey’s of seeking asylum and building their live as new Australians at a special evening on Tuesday night.   “I want to tell you the story of why I’m here.” The evening kicked off with a story shared by two people fleeing

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    • 06 SEP 18
    Luck of the draw

    Luck of the draw

    Melbourne film maker, Mohsen Moases, reminds us that where we’re born and where we grow up is nothing more than the luck of the draw. These are his words. My name is Mohsen Moases. I wrote this article to share this story with people who cares about children on Nauru Detention Centre. One day, I

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    • 15 AUG 18
    Women of refugee backgrounds claim a seat at the table

    Women of refugee backgrounds claim a seat at the table

    Emerging refugee leaders in Melbourne make it clear just how important it is that people of refugee backgrounds are heard in the community. Community lawyer and refugee campaign founder, Fadak Alfayadh, joined emerging activists at ASRC’s Advocacy and Power Program Graduation to emphasize their need to reclaim the asylum and refugee narrative. “For far too

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    • 08 AUG 18
    Writing to you from Manus Prison Camp

    Writing to you from Manus Prison Camp

    Kurdish journalist and author, Berhouz Boochani, has released his first-hand account of being incarcerated by the Australian government for five years on Manus Island. Here is his appeal to the wider community on how we can support him in his plight.   Dear friends My name is Behrouz Boochani and I am writing to you

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    • 02 AUG 18
    Words of heart. Voice for freedom.

    Words of heart. Voice for freedom.

    Ten quotes from Advocacy and Power Program graduates who are leading the way forward in human rights and refugee activism. On Thursday 26 July, eight people from refugee backgrounds presented their journey and hope for the future. Here are ten quotes from the evening that you too can take with you. 1. “I’m not lived

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    • 26 JUL 18
    My story

    My story

    Akuol Garang is a young Sudanese-Australian woman living in Melbourne, studying human rights law and advocating for her community, multiculturalism and for people seeking asylum in Australia. She has been on SBS TV news and is an emerging writer and public voice. Akuol is part of ASRC’s Advocacy and Power Program Melbourne. Here she writes

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