Refugee Legal is Australia’s largest not-for-profit provider of free legal services in its specialist field of immigration and refugee law.

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  • Fast track advice & assistance
  • 13,858
  • 4,875
  • 2,772
  • 3.069
  • 3,142
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Burma
  • Pakistan
  • Ethipioa
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Iraq
  • China

Where our work makes its impact – transforming lives


Ahmed, Sima* and their two young children were granted protection visas in June 2018 after a six year battle.

Ahmed and Sima are Afghan Hazaras who fled to Australia by boat six
years ago.

Like thousands of others, they came to us facing the final ruling on their fate. They needed our help.

Whilst still young they escaped from Taliban brutality. Ahmed was shot by extremists while working as a driver. Both witnessed atrocities against others seeking safety. Since being here, they’ve had two children, while living as a family in legal limbo for years on end.

We were able to provide Ahmed and Sima the essential legal assistance they needed to apply for protection under the complex and onerous ‘Fast Track’ process. Their claims were initially questioned but, through our legal work their cases were ultimately accepted and the cycle of injustice was broken. Ahmed, Sima and their two children can now stay here in safety and rebuild their lives without the fear of deportation to danger hanging over them.

And, like them, so many of the people we help express deep thanks for this help. But often, they also ask the question: ‘What about all the others who need help, too?’

Amali* – a 45 year-old Sri Lankan Tamil woman and single mother of three – was facing the final ruling on her fate.

In 2010, she fled with her three daughters after her husband was ‘disappeared’ by the Sri Lankan army. They witnessed the death of a relative and survived a horrific shelling attack. With courage,
they decided to seek freedom from a life of constant dangers and abuse, including gender- based violence.

She was one of thousands of people – 15,000 nationwide – with a common predicament. After applying for protection by the 1 October 2017 deadline, they’d been called to a last chance interview with the Department of Home Affairs about their case.

With our legal assistance, they were able to present their claims. Their cases were ultimately accepted and they’ve been granted five-year protection visas (SHEVs). For the first time in their
lives, Amali and her daughters are safe. They can leave their house without the fear of kidnap, brutality or death. Amali’s eldest daughter, in her early 20s, is studying medicine at university, hoping to become a doctor. With our help, Amali and her daughters have been able to break the cycle of injustice, and are now able to rebuild their lives.

* Personal details have been changed to protect confidentiality