Our Work

Formerly Young Liberty for Law Reform, Rights Advocacy Project is a community of lawyers and activists working to advance human rights in Australia. We’re part of Liberty Victoria, one of Australia’s leading human rights organisations.

We work across a range of issues including equality and government accountability, refugee and asylum seeker rights and criminal justice reform.

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

When people come to Australia seeking safety, you would hope they would be welcomed with open arms. Instead, the Government turns their boats back, locks them up offshore, denies them adequate medical treatment and separates them from their families. This has to change.

We advocate for fair and humane policies that treat people with respect and dignity. We work to hold power to account and campaign for fairer and more transparent systems and decision-making.

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Equality and Government Accountability

We believe governments should practice transparency at all levels, to ensure they operate for the benefit of the people they govern. Whether it’s to Myki fines or the private information they collect about us, transparency makes for stronger democratic institutions.

We also believe that every person should have the same status, rights and opportunities in life and before the law, especially those who have and continue to experience entrenched and systemic discrimination, such as First Nations people.

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Equality and Government Accountability

We believe governments should practice transparency at all levels, to ensure they operate for the benefit of the people they govern. Whether it’s to Myki fines or the private information they collect about us, transparency makes for stronger democratic institutions.

We also believe that every person should have the same status, rights and opportunities in life and before the law, especially those who have and continue to experience entrenched and systemic discrimination, such as First Nations people.

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Criminal Justice Reform

What happens to people when they’re released from prison? Does deterrence work? And how do we ensure the criminal justice system doesn’t just entrench social inequality?

We don’t think these kinds of questions get enough attention. Our criminal laws are there to protect us, but too often all they strive for is punishment, and everyone loses.

We advocate for an evidence-based criminal justice system that respects human rights, priorities rehabilitation over punishment wherever possible ad ultimately leads to safer communities.

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