The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation is proud to join the Legal Help For Refugees Clinic run by the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) in NSW at a critical time for people seeking asylum in Australia.
RACS is one of Australia's oldest refugee legal organisations providing free, specialist legal assistance to protect and advocate for the human rights of people seeking asylum.
The recently announced deadline of 1 October 2017 for thousands of people seeking asylum in Australia to formally apply for protection visas has placed great strain on the capacity of RACS to provide assistance to these vulnerable people. There are still over 1000 people on the RACS waiting list for assistance who form part of the "legacy caseload" of 24,500 people who arrived by boat prior to changes in immigration rules in 2012 under the "no advantage" policy.
A group of lawyers from our Sydney office have undertaken training in refugee law and statement-taking delivered by RACS. These lawyers will prepare statements from people seeking asylum setting out their claims for protection with the assistance of interpreters and under the supervision of a migration agent from RACS.
This partnership builds on the assistance that the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation provides to people seeking asylum through its support of
in Melbourne as part of its Fast Track Clinic and the Refugee Council of Australia