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
Still in detention
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 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
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