for people seeking asylum in Queensland 

#FightingChance #KeepThemSafe

Dear Friends,

There are hundreds of people in our local communities throughout Queensland at risk because they don’t have the help they need to go through the complex legal process to be recognised as a refugee in Australia.

This application process requires families and individuals to fill out 60+ pages of forms, answer 180+ questions about their life, and to make a detailed and intimate written statement about their past exposure to war, torture or persecution - their worst fears - all in English.

People are not given any legal support by the Australian Government to do this.*

There are only two legal clinics in Queensland providing free services to the people who are seeking asylum and funding is urgently needed to keep their doors open.   

Can you chip in $110 now to help us keep both our clinics going past 30 June? 

This is peoples best chance at securing safety and freedom, and to avoid being deported to danger. In many cases, their lives may depend on it.
They urgently need our help.
Can you imagine how difficult it would be to answer these questions when English is not your first language?  People desperately need help to have a fighting change for refuge.
A donation of $836 will keep a clinic going for a day.
To make matters worse, the Australian Government has made yet another change to this "fast track" application process, insisting that some people seeking asylum put in their applications for refuge within 60 days.**
If people can’t meet these deadlines, they risk losing the right to apply for refuge and potentially their:
  • Bridging Visas will be cancelled.
  • Work Rights (the ability to earn an income) will be removed.
  • Medicare Access will be cut.
This is breaking our already overwhelmed system.  
Your support can make sure people have a fighting chance at safety.
There are over 2500 people in Queensland who need to go through this complicated process, and over 800 of them have yet to even lodge their initial application. 
The Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) and Salvos Humanitarian Legal asylum seeker clinics are largely staffed by volunteers, with just bare bones staff to keep things running and ensure the quality of work is the best possible.
They are fully dependent on our donations to keep the clinics going.   
We need to raise over $110,000 by the end of April, so we can make sure they can stay open past June 30.
Can you help?
  • $110 will give us an hour of support.
  • $836 will keep a clinic going for a day.
  • $4180 will fund a clinic for a week.
Anything you can contribute however small or large, will help.
Your donations will go towards the costs of:
  • Supervising lawyers
  • Paralegal support
  • Interpreting charges
  • Application costs
This is an urgent need to help us deal with a critical situation.
Please donate now.
Please share this appeal widely. 

This initiative is organised by BRASS, in partnership with St John's Anglican Cathedral, and with the support of many organisations and refugee welcome groups across our region. 

All monies collected are to be disbursed to the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre (RAILS) and Salvos Legal Humanitarian. This appeal is conducted with their support.


Some fine print:
* Legal aid denied to asylum seekers who arrive through unauthorised channels: 
** Asylum seekers' applications doomed to fail after visa deadline changes, says refugee support service:
*** Costs are a rough guide, they vary between clinics, and depend on timing, demand and services provided. 
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