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Refugee Advice & Casework Service

Refugee Women at Risk

Refugee Women at Risk

Refugee woman and girls will get access to critical and appropriate legal support relating to their application for asylum or other visa related issues in a w...

GOAL

$20,000

australia > NSW > metro
26/10/2020 > 26/02/2021

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • Social inclusion & justice
  • Individual/family services & support

TARGET POPULATION

  • Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and people from CALD backgrounds
  • Women and girls

PROJECT SUMMARY

Refugee woman and girls will get access to critical and appropriate legal support relating to their application for asylum or other visa related issues in a women only, safe and supportive space.

RACS has been providing legal assistance to refugees for over 30 years and has witnessed the barriers to justice that exist for women who fear or have experienced domestic or gender-based violence. Often, women will have little agency over their immigration affairs and if they leave a domestic violence situation, will not have access to their paperwork. Especially during this current situation of isolation due to Covid-19, this is a critical service.

For women experiencing marginalisation and isolation, and who are traumatised from experiences in their home country or from violent domestic situations, the provision of a safe, supportive and confidential service, separate from husbands or male family members, is empowering. This service will respects their privacy and dignity, and will lead to a stronger sense of social well-being.

The project is based out of Jesuit Refugee Service’ women’s space which offers a range of services including temporary shelter and a foodbank. RACS will leverage this support, enabling vulnerable women to benefit from a wrap-around holistic service in a safe women only centre.

As part of this service, we will complete Legal Health Checks to identify other issues such as mental health concerns, fines, unpaid bills or tenancy issues. If additional concerns are presented, we will provide necessary referrals to appropriate services to address their needs.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

1. Refugee woman and girls get access to appropriate and critical legal support relating to their application for asylum or other visa related issues in a safe and supportive space.
2. If additional concerns are presented, refugee women and girls will get the necessary referrals to other community support services to address their needs.
3. Refugee women and girls feel empowered by the provision of a service that respects their privacy and dignity, leading to a stronger sense of social well-being.

We use a range of tools to measure the quantitatively and qualitatively outcomes of our programs. We collect data through surveys, statistics gathered from internal databases, evaluation forms and case studies. We regularly monitor and evaluate our program results to improve effectiveness and outcomes.

Profile of Refugee Advice & Casework Service

Refugee Advice & Casework Service

RACS gives financially disadvantaged and vulnerable refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia access to critical legal services.

We support people who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution of race, religion, nationality or political views. We strive to ensure men, women and children of all nationalities, religions and sexual/gender identity have access to justice and treated equally and fairly before the law.

Applying for protection is extremely difficult for anxious people with little English and no understanding of Australian law and virtually impossible without legal support. RACS assists people collating their evidence to show proof of persecution. We assist people to write detailed and sometimes graphic and personal accounts of their persecution in English. We support people through the lengthy and often traumatising interviews with Department officials that they must endure.

Legal support for refugees is life-changing. A protection visa can be refused if they are unable to provide sufficient evidence of identity or nationality, if they mistakenly omit crucial information, misinterpret vital questions or are misunderstood in interviews.

As well as supporting thousands of individuals and families nationally and in detention, RACS is the only organisation located in NSW dedicated to supporting refugees with visa related issues. With no Federal Government funding, we rely on our supporters and our network of more than 1600 volunteers to do this important work.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $53,000
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
Family Trust (anon)$15,000
Foundation$18,000
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$20,000
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Solicitor salary incl. super X 4 months x 3 days p/w$34,098
Legal supervision portioned.$3,665
Legal Admin support portioned.$6,842
Other employment on costs portioned$5,855
Other employment on costs portioned$2,540

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