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    Just 25 people made up the RACS team in 2018 and together, along with 952 legal and community volunteers, we were there for 3,300 people providing critical legal services. Your support helped us achieve this. Without it, 3,300 people would not have had access to our free legal services to apply for protection.

    This year has tested our strength with many challenges.

    Here is a summary of what we have achieved together this year:

    • We were there for hundreds and hundreds of families and individuals during their interviews with the department, and we were there for them when they thought there was nowhere else to turn. We offered them a final chance for justice by contacting our pro bono barristers for an appeal to the courts.

    • When 442 refugees had their personal information published in error by the Department of Home Affairs our legal team wrote and lodged statements on their behalf outlining how this breach greatly impacted on their fears of persecution.

    • Our emergency phone line provided immediate reassurance to thousands of anxious people who were detained or had a visa refused.

      We coordinated a planned response with our community partners to ensure that people transferred from Nauru and Manus for medical reasons, got legal services and critical material aid.

    • RACS joined with the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility to call for Qantas to stop deporting people to the countries from which they fled.

    • We wrote a submission to the Senate Committee on every piece of legislation that tried to make it harder for people seeking asylum.

    • And we have continued to provide critical legal advice to those on Nauru who were sent there as unaccompanied children.

    • RACS is there for people seeking asylum at every stage of their journey to safety.A visa is the beginning of a safe life.With your help, the hope of a safe life can become a reality.

      People seeking asylum can’t do this alone.
      Your generous donation will help men, women and children apply for protection in Australia.

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