The ASRC’s Detention Rights Advocacy program works with people seeking asylum in onshore and offshore detention to provide emotional support, information about the complexities of Australia’s policies, and to make referrals to legal services and others who can help.
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 closure of offshore detention, and for everyone to be brought to Australia immediately.
The program currently has 81 active clients in detention across Australia and in Nauru and Manus, and comprises a Detention Advocacy Manager, Natasha Blucher and two volunteers.