One Billion Strong
One Billion Strong is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and to facilitate participation, equality, and inclusion in society. The mission of One Billion Strong is to ensure that the obligations in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are made accessible through participatory education and implemented through innovative advocacy and example.
One Billion Strong enables and empowers persons with disabilities to realize their rights to equality and full participation in society. By raising awareness through global media, educational programs, advocacy, and community and capital projects worldwide, One Billion Strong leads promotes the recognition, acknowledgement, and realisation of the rights of the more than one billion persons with disabilities throughout the world.
Creating New Futures for All would like to acknowledge the support One Billion Strong has given the conference.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty.
Creating New Futures for All would like to acknowledge the support of AusAID. The International Seminars Support Scheme (ISSS) is an Australian Government aid activity administered by AusAID. ISSS funds attendance at international development-oriented seminars in Australia and overseas. The scheme helps to develop knowledge and technical expertise in developing countries, and builds linkages between the government, academic and community sectors in Australia and our partner developing countries.
Women’s Refugee Commission
The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people, including those seeking asylum, to bring about lasting, measurable change. The Women’s Refugee Commission’s vision is to create a world in which these women, children and young people are safe, healthy and self-reliant, participate in the decisions that affect their lives and are advocates and activists themselves, providing continuous monitoring of the policies and practices that affect them.
Emma Pearce, Disability Program Officer, from the Women’s Refugees Commission will be facilitating the workshop for Disabled Persons Organisations on Wednesday 28 November.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights (Young Center) is a human service and policy advocacy program based out of the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to advocating for the best interest - safety and well-being - of immigrant and refugee children who are alone in the United States. The Center is working to develop a national network of Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children and to promote consideration of best interest in all decisions affecting unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in the United States.
Maria Woltjen, Director of the Young Center, will be facilitating the Children’s workshop, ‘Seeing and Hearing the refugee child: workshop for responsible adults’ to be held on Wednesday 28 November.
Sydney Law School
The Sydney Law School was the first Law School to be established in Australia. The School’s strong history is matched by its innovative approach to education and professional practice. The Sydney Law School is committed to excellence in legal education.
Creating New Futures for All would like to acknowledge the support of the Sydney Law School.
Small Mercies, Big Futures Research Partners
‘Small mercies, Big Futures’ is a cross-institutional research project that aims to create a solid evidential base for improving laws and policy to protect refugee children and youth at risk, and to promote their human rights and citizenship. The Creating New Futures team wishes to acknowledge the Small Mercies partners for their ongoing contributions to the Symposium.
Amnesty International Australia
Amnesty International’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. In pursuit of this vision, Amnesty International’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of these rights.
Amnesty International Australia is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
Australian National University
The Australian National University (ANU) was established in 1946 to be of enduring significance in the post-war life of the nation – to support the development of national unity and identity, to improve Australia’s understanding of itself and its neighbours, and to contribute to economic development and social cohesion. Its mandate was to undertake “postgraduate research and study both generally and in relation to subjects of national importance. In the decades since its establishment, ANU has built an international reputation for excellence in research and education. The Australian National University is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
Centre for Multicultural Youth
The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a community based organisation that provides services to and advocates for the needs of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. It achieves this through its partnerships with decision makers, services providers, researchers, and, of course, young people themselves.
The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
Migration Institute of Australia
The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) is the professional association for Australian migration service providers worldwide, working together for the benefit of Australia. The Institute aims to help Members to deliver the highest level of services to their clients through the provision of professional support, high level educational offerings and the promotion of the highest standards of professional conduct.
MIA is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
The youngest member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight, Monash has in just over fifty years grown to become the largest university in Australia, with a global alumni network numbering more than 270,000 graduates.
It benefits from an unparalleled global network that includes campuses in South Africa and Malaysia and research centres and cooperative initiatives in Asia and Europe.
Monash University is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
Multicultural Development Association
MDA is an independent, non-government, settlement organisation committed to achieving the best settlement outcomes for our clients and to working actively to promote multiculturalism. Based in metropolitan and regional Queensland, MDA works in partnership with clients, other service providers, government agencies and the private sector to achieve quality service delivery through advocacy, client service delivery, community development and multicultural sector development.
MDA is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
Murdoch University is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
Murdoch University is an innovative and enterprising University leading discovery for a better future. It aims to be a comprehensive research-focused University, with high levels of scholarship informing quality teaching. Murdoch's values are an intrinsic part of the University culture and include an emphasis on equity and social justice, sustainability, global responsibility and innovation and entrepreneurship
Refugee Advice and Casework Service
The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) aims to provide a free, expert legal service for individuals seeking asylum in Australia; referral for counselling and assistance on related welfare issues; community education about refugee law, policy and procedure; and to participate in the development of refugee policy in Australia as it relates to the rights of those seeking asylum in this country; and initiate and promote reform in the area of refugee law, policy and procedures.
Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne aims to increase the national capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. With a focus on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with industry and the wider community, Swinburne is enriched by multidisciplinary research partnerships that seek to improve, develop and discover.
Swinburne University of Technology is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’.
UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 428(V). The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems world-wide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and to find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
UNHCR is a partner in the research project ‘Small Mercies, Big Futures’
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UNICEF: United Nations Children’s Fund
UNICEF’s vision is to build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF works in over 190 countries to promote and protect the rights of children. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, clean water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and HIV. In everything UNICEF does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need are prioritized.
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Department of Immigration and Citizenship
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) manages the permanent and temporary entry of people to Australia, enforces immigration law, settles migrants and refugees, promotes the benefits of citizenship and cultural diversity and works with other portfolio agencies and departments to advance the social, economic and cultural interests and status of Indigenous people
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Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC)
ADDC is an Australian based, international network focusing attention, expertise and action on disability issues in developing countries; building on a human rights platform for disability advocacy.