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News March 2015

Moss Review

The Moss review - a report relating to recent allegations of conditions and circumstances at the regional processing centre in Nauru was released last week Friday. Some of the findings in the review highlight incidents of rape, indecent assault and sexual harassment . To Read more on this review click here 



Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees
Australians set to walk for refugees on the 29th March 2015

All across Australia on the 29th March 2015 community, faith, political and union groups will gather together to voice their position against the harsh refugee policies currently in place. The walk is a peaceful rally demonstrating solidarity with refugees. Members of the public are encouraged to arrange banners and bring friends and family. Click on the links below to find out where a walk is taking place in your city.








Shelter for Refugees – Providing Accommodation Assistance 
Asylum seekers in desperate need of accommodation

Every fortnight in Australia 250 asylum seekers compromising of families and individuals are released from detention. In Melbourne they spend 4-6 weeks in accommodation provided by Red Cross and AMES. Thereafter they have the difficult task of looking for their own accommodation, that the majority cannot afford. As a result there are many asylum seekers desperately looking for assistance with accommodation and furnishing. This need will become even greater as winter sets in. To find out how you or your parish can offer support please click here.


Catholic Immigration Directors Meeting in Adelaide

On the 18th - 19th March 2015, the Catholic Immigration Directors and Episcopal Vicars met at the Catholic Diocesan Centre in Adelaide for their first annual meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Multicultural Office. ACMRO thankS Sr Nien Tran and her team for all their hard work in ensuring the success of the meeting. 

Boi to Work for UNHCR

With this edition of our Newsletter we also say thank you to Boi who is leaving the ACMRO to work with the Canberra based United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees.
In the months Boi has been journeying with the ACMRO she has graced us with her personal story as a migrant from Botswana, one who weds together her personal experience in life as well as her academic expertise in the fields of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
Though Boi has been with the ACMRO for a short time, we all felt as though she had always been with us. In saying goodbyes to the ACMRO Boi said that she will bring into her new role what she learnt best from working in an office of the Catholic Bishops Conference; that is the sense of the primacy of the person, especially the most vulnerable ones, because it is in doing thus that we receive God’s blessings.  
Thank you Boi, and God bless!

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