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Liberty First

The right to liberty is universal but the road is strewn with hardship for many. Together, let's strive to put LIBERTY first.

Be part of the change

There is no right to legal representation in Australia 
We are dedicated to freeing refugees and people who are stateless from immigration prison

There are an estimated 70.8 million forcibly displaced people worldwide and over 3.9 million people are stateless.

Between 2009 to 2018, Australia recognized or resettled only 0.89% of the 20.3 million refugees recognized globally.*


*Source: UNHCR 2020

Just over a thousand people, including refugees & the stateless, are locked up within the confines of eight notorious immigration prisons with limited legal representation.*

Our focus is to ensure basic human rights and humanitarian treatment for refugees and the stateless



People freed



Still in detention

We fight for the vulnerable

We are driven by empathy. Operating pro-bono, many of our activities rely completely on volunteer support as well as donations from individuals and organisations who share the same passion for freedom.

We create sustainable change




HR4A takes on the “too hard” or “impossible” cases, which have often exhausted traditional legal approaches. HR4A actively looks for aspects of cases that have not been pursued fully or can be challenged in an alternative fashion. 

We challenge the current narrative around people seeking asylum through the success of our cases, submissions to human rights organisations and media engagement.

We push the system to ensure the basic human rights of people in detention are recognized and respected. 

We believe that the current system of immigration detention needs to be brought to the attention of the Australian public along with the UN and other international human rights bodies, through public discourse & media focus.

To advance our cause, we are training the next generation of human rights lawyers through our internship program.

We pursue change through the system- 

and we don't give up!

We are relentless in pursuing responses, recommendations and opinions from international organisations and bodies in relation to our clients, as well as for all other asylum seekers and refugees held in Australian immigration prisons

We celebrate every moment


7 March 2023

This one means so, so much! Our friend and client Ahmed, aka AJL20, whose case we took to the High Court of Australia, has been granted community detention!!!!

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Every life we touch turns to a fresh beginning

Driven by the change we can make

"I'm at university now and

not in detention because of you."


—  Free after 3 years of detention & recent recipient of a full university scholarship

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