The two recent Refugee Communities Advocacy Network (RCAN) conferences held in Sydney and Melbourne were an overwhelming success. There were over 50 refugee community members at each conference, who came to discuss issues affecting their communities and plan advocacy to work together on them.
With a belief in the strength of the refugee communities, RCOA organised two separate conferences in NSW and Victoria where refugee community representatives and individuals gathered to share their experiences. The aim of the conferences was to explore how a network of refugee community members could advocate together to influence the issues that directly affect them.
The Sydney RCAN conference held on 21 May 2016 was the first of its kind in NSW. The refugee communities gathered there concluded that their voices should be amplified through a collective and coherent refugee network. At the Melbourne conference on 28 May, refugee community members presented to State and Federal MPs on issues of concern. The meeting also concluded with a strong commitment to continue to work together through collective advocacy.
The Sydney conference was held in partnership with NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors.