Refugee Council of Australia
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Supporting refugee community advocacy on an international stage


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Atem Dau Atem

Atem Dau Atem

Atem Dau Atem was born in South Sudan, but fled his home at the young age of 12. He arrived in Australia as a refugee at the age of 28, having endured 15 years living in various refugee camps. He has been a strong advocate for refugee rights, having been involved in a number of community organisations, including the Refugee Communities Advocacy Network (RCAN) of which he is a founding member. In addition, Atem has carried out advocacy to support South Sudanese communities both in South Sudan and in refugee camps in Kenya. Atem worked for STARTTS in Sydney and is a PhD candidate writing about the settlement of South Sudanese families in Australia (2017).

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Tabitha Chepkwony

In 2017, RCOA provided support to the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women (ANCORW) Chair, Tabitha Chepkwony, and Tenneh Kpaka to advocate for women and girls at the UNHCR NGO Consultations. Throughout a range of positions, Tabitha has continuously supported refugee arrivals, particularly women, to resettle and develop their lives in Australia. Tabitha is a member of the Federal African Ministerial Consultative Committee and of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. In 2017 she was a contributor to the Kenyans in Sydney Welfare Association (KISWA) and was a director at TAABCO Research & Development Consultants (2017).

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