HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL NEWSLETTER - FREEDOM ALERT AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020
A week of freedom!
In the space of one week, Human Rights For All has seen not one, but SIX people given visas and released from detention! We are beyond thrilled with this wonderful wave of liberty, and we would like to share our joy by telling you a little bit about our friends and clients.
Reuniting families is the best thing ever!
Wednesday last week (26 August) was a red letter day for us! Huyen Tran and her little girl Isabella were released from the Melbourne Immigration Transit Centre into the loving care of their husband and father, Paul. Isabella had spent her entire young life in detention with her mum, as her father's work visa would have been in jeopardy if he was caring for Isabella. With the stress of deportation always hanging over Huyen, her mental health was very compromised, and Isabella's physical health and emotional development were at risk in a number of ways.
In addition to the release of Huyen and Isabella, another of our clients, a Vietnamese man, was released from detention in Western Australia. His wife and two young children drove ten hours straight to Perth to welcome him and take him home. This loving father has been reunited with his wife, son and daughter, who are very relieved to have him home.
SBS News and journalist Rebekah Holt, who have reported on Huyen and Isabella's case from the beginning, covered their release here.
On Friday, the good news continued!
Firstly, a client who had been a teenager when he arrived in Australia by boat was released from detention. Stuck in the limbo of endless applications and appeals through the court system, our client now has a visa and his liberty.
Later on Friday, another client of ours, who had never even been invited to apply for a protection visa in six years in detention, was also released. This made for five in three days - we think this might be a record!
More great news about our Afghan interpreter!
You might remember from our last newsletter that we told you about "Peter", an Afghani interpreter who assisted Allied troops and NGOs in Afghanistan. He escaped to Australia when the Taliban targeted him. Peter ended up in detention after a mental health crisis sparked by worry about his family's safety back home in Afghanistan resulted in him committing a crime that saw him lose his visa.
Today, after five years in limbo in detention, Peter was released with a visa. He can now look for work to support his family on the other side of the world. We would like to thank everyone who supported our petition on Change.org to push for his release.
Help us stay on a liberty roll!
We could not do what we do without the support of people like you in the community who support us. Human Rights For All would like to thank everyone who signs a petition, shares a post, or supports our work financially. We realise that in these strange times that donating is more of a challenge, but any amount is helpful and always greatly appreciated.
Donations, either one-off or monthly, all go to support the work we do to help our clients gain their freedom.
Visit our website to donate online – www.hr4a.com.au
Donate via bank transfer:
Account name: Human Rights For All
Account number: 36-732-6058
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again for your support. Please stay well!
Copyright © 2020 Human Rights for All, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.
Our mailing address is:
Human Rights for All
PO Box 391
Lindfield, NSW 2070
Please also think about donating to Human Rights for All, so we can continue our pro bono work for refugees.