published: 14 Nov 2019
Hear about what it’s like to work and live in Manus and Nauru refugee camps.
Listen to the stories of displacement, risks and abandonment.
Be inspired by our experts who will share with you some of the work they do and their thoughts about Australia.
Marc Isaacs, writer, author, researcher and community worker. His books include The Undesirables: Inside Nauru, Nauru Burning & The Kabul Peace House. Mark is president of Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, which defends freedom of expression and campaigns on behalf of writers who have been silenced by persecution or imprisonment.
Najeeba Wazefadost. Najeeba arrived in Australia at 10 years by sea after fleeing from Afghanistan. Najeeba is a settlement case worker and the founder and CEO of Hazara Women of Australia, which aims to help newly arrived refugee women learn English and more quickly feel part of their new communities.
Nicole Judge. Having worked on Nauru and Manus Island as a case worker with the Salvation Army, Nicole quit after Reza Barati was killed in February 2014 and became a human rights advocate, speaking out against Australia’s policy of exiling innocent refugees.
Deena Yako is a former Assyrian-Mandaean refugee born in Iraq, and is now directly involved in refugee resettlement. Deena is an active refugee advocate and has represented the Australian Iraqi community at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. She has been involved in various research projects specifically relating to refugee women and girls, and is currently also working with the education program at the Refugee Council of Australia.
Inner West Councillor Tom Kiat.
Inner West Council supports Amnesty's community sponsorship program.