REFUGEE WEEK 14 - 20th June 2020
Catholic Mission Diocesan Director calls for support

Diocesan Director Ms Rosemary TaylorHi Everyone

One of Catholic Mission’s advocacy programs is the work to prevent children from being detained in locked detention facilities. This work is carried out by the End Child Detention Coalition (ECDC) which was founded by Catholic Mission in 2012 and continues to be driven from our Sydney office.

We’re holding a webinar as part of Refugee Week on Thursday 18 June, 4:00pm WA time and we’d love you to be part of it.

Webinar One: State of Play

We no longer detain children in Australia, right?

Recently we've seen how quickly things can change when there is political will.
As parliament re-opens, it's the right time to begin talking about how we can ensure that legislation supports an end to child immigration detention.

This Refugee Week, we are holding a free, online webinar discussing the current opportunities.

Please Register in advance for this webinar https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n_aCqRa8TdezKwTQJXQv1A and tune in at 4pm WA time to hear from:

Hayat Akbari, who was detained for over a year as a child and is now an advocate, completing his law degree in Sydney. He is the current Chair of the Youth working group at the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Professor David Isaacs, a paediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW), Sydney, and Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney. He is one of several doctors who have worked extensively on Nauru and has first-hand knowledge of the impact of immigration detention on child health and development. David started and has been head of the Health Assessment for Refugee Kids (HARK) Refugee Clinic at CHW since 2004. HARK sees over 400 asylum seeker and refugee children a year.

Alison Battisson, Lawyer and Principal of Human Rights for All, Alison Battisson has represented some of the most notable immigration detention cases held recently in Australia’s high court. She has been a considerable part of ensuring that children should not be in detention, and in this session she analyses why now is a key time.

     Catholic Mission Vision Statement
'€œLove one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.'€ Jn 13:34

Catholic Mission shares the dream of our Creator God from before time began, seeing all persons as made in the Creator'€™s image and likeness. All people are gifted with great potential for growth to reach fullness of life and happiness, and are worthy of respect.

Catholic Mission shares the Church'€™s responsibility for a world where all persons, free from any discrimination and free from all barriers to life, can reach their full potential and happiness. This will allow all to live their lives in full dignity, as the Creator God intends.

Info taken from Catholic Mission

Contact: Rosemary Taylor
Diocesan Director of Catholic Mission
PO Box 2044, Geraldton WA 6531
Ph: 08 9964 2716
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Vision Statement

We are:

* a welcoming community which reaches out to all
* celebrating Christ's presence
* joyfully living out our Christian calling across distance and diversity

This vision states that as a Diocese, we aim to be a welcoming, missionary, centred on Christ, and each striving to live one's particular vocation. It is in living out our calling that we praise God, follow Christ, influence society and achieve the goal of eternal life won for us by Christ. In the parishes we have encouraged people to measure whatever they do against this Diocesan vision.

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Chancery Ph: +61 8 9921 3221

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