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Refugee Advice & Casework Service

Judith Neilson foundation partners: Refugee Advice & Casework Service

People seeking asylum are among the most vulnerable in Australia’s legal system. The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) exists to ensure they are afforded fair and equal access to justice. As a community legal centre, RACS offers free legal advice, assistance and representation for financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people seeking asylum in Australia.

Our partnership invests in the ‘Women at Risk’ initiative, aimed at providing specialised legal advice to women and their children seeking asylum, with an emphasis on women experiencing or at risk of domestic, sexual or gender-based violence, to secure their safety and rights. The aim is to help them find safety and protection in Australia.

The Judith Neilson Foundation is proud to partner with RACS, and shares in their vision to achieve justice and dignity with and for refugees through the Women at Risk initiative.

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Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre

At the heart of Sydney’s grassroots response to supporting women transitioning from prison stands the Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC). This leading trauma-informed service provides crisis support, accommodation, and wrap-around support to some of Sydney’s most vulnerable women and their children. In addition to providing immediate aid, WAGEC confronts broader issues such as domestic violence, homelessness and gender inequality, with the goal of securing safe futures for women and their families. 

Through our partnership, WAGEC has launched the FROM NOW program. FROM NOW is a new approach to supporting women exiting prison, with special support for pregnant women or those with children, guiding them towards safety and stability. We value our collaboration with WAGEC and encourage you to explore their powerful work by visiting their website.

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Success Works

Success Works believes a criminal record should never be viewed as an automatic disqualification for employment. Their new Beyond Barriers program is dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable women with criminal records in securing meaningful employment, focusing particularly on those who face long-term unemployment after incarceration.

Beyond Barriers works with single mothers, survivors of violence, and women contending with the stigma of a criminal record. The program offers essential tools and practical support for a new start. For more information about the impactful work of Success Works and the Beyond Barriers program, visit their website.

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Anti-Slavery Australia

Anti-Slavery Australia is committed to ending modern slavery Australia, providing survivors with support and access to legal and migration advice. Modern slavery in Australia is a hidden issue, but it’s estimated more than 40,000 people live in modern slavery across the country, affected by human trafficking, slavery or forced marriage. Anti-Slavery Australia also drives systemic reform, helping to shape anti-slavery laws in NSW and across the country.

The Judith Neilson Foundation values our partnership with Anti-Slavery Australia, whose work empowers survivors to build positive futures. Please visit Anti-Slavery Australia’s website to learn more about their important work.

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Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group was founded twenty years ago, united by the vision of a compassionate Australia where people seeking refuge and asylum are treated with justice and compassion. Run entirely by volunteers, Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group offers friendship and practical support for refugees and people seeking asylum across Western Sydney.

Their work supports refugees to thrive, not just survive as they develop their own skills, activities and businesses, educate the community about refugee issues, and advocate for just and compassionate policies at all levels of government.

We are proud of our partnership with Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group, and encourage you to learn more about their work by visiting their website

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