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19 June 2023

World Refugee Day | Finding Freedom | Webinar

Published on 19 June 2023

Join us for an enlightening event as we commemorate World Refugee Day and shine a spotlight on the theme for Refugee Week 2023: "Finding Freedom."

Hear from our distinguished panel about their exceptional work and advocacy in the field of refugee rights. Delve into the profound concept of 'freedom,' exploring its personal significance to each panellist, as well as its relevance within the context of our collective efforts. This event is not only to raise awareness about the pressing issues in refugee law and advocacy, but also to celebrate the remarkable progress made towards attaining these essential freedoms, both on a domestic and international scale.

As a prominent education provider, the College of Law will foster discussions with an educational focus alongside the overarching theme - On how we, as a wider public, can educate ourselves and others about these critical issues and become more effective allies. We will explore the role of education in empowering individuals to seek and experience freedom. Receive practical tips and strategies that can genuinely make a meaningful difference for refugees in our country through community and individual engagement.


Monday, 19 June 2023

6.30pm – 7.30pm AEST






Joanna Abraham (Host)

Joanna Abraham is a Lecturer at the College of Law and the Vice President of Victorian Women Lawyers. She has practiced extensively in Administrative, Immigration & Refugee Law, having recently been recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Human Rights Law, and was previously awarded the Justice Award at the 2020 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence for her work in this space. Being a migrant herself, Joanna is passionate about championing diversity, both in the legal profession and wider community and is an advocate for greater workplace flexibility in the legal profession. She sits on the Boards of Victorian Multicultural Women (VMW) and Afri-Aus Care (AAC).



Nawid (Sourosh) Cina

Nawid is a human rights lawyer with a demonstrated capacity to affect grassroots and institutional change on human rights issues. He is the Vice President of Mahboba's Promise, an Australian NGO dedicated to orphans and widows in Afghanistan, and was awarded the 2022 Australian Human Rights Medal for his evacuation efforts. He has also worked as a Program Associate at the Champions of Change Coalition and provides expert advice on the status of vulnerable women and children in Afghanistan.



Chioma Amaechi

Chioma Amaechi is the principal/owner of CA Legal & Migration, a legal and migration firm. She has dual legal qualifications from both Australia and Nigeria; initially admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court in Nigeria in 2000. As a regional student, she completed several of her courses online and remotely and was admitted to practice in South Australia in 2015.



Sophie Manera

Sophie Manera is a Partner at Tang Law, practicing exclusively in immigration law. She is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia's Western Australia State Committee and is a former Vice-President. She has been awarded the Kevin Lane Service Award, Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Award, Henry Giblett Award, and Leading Immigration Lawyer in Western Australia by Doyle's Guide. She has taught in the Graduate Diploma of Australian Migration Law and Practice at Murdoch University and the Australian Catholic University, and is a proud advocate for refugees and victim-survivors of family violence.