Supporting asylum seekers
There are a host of agencies coordinating visits to detention facilities, providing material support to asylum seekers in the community, organising events, providing a welcome in so many ways. Here are just some of the many terrific organisations you could get involved with in your area...
ASRC. Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melbourne
Hills Circle of Friends, Adelaide
RACS, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Sydney
ChilOut doesn't coordinate visits to detention centres but any Australian has the right to visit any centre. We are working on getting some clear and consistent guidelines from DIAC and Serco (the company who manages Australia's centres).
The terrific team at DASSAN (Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocay Network) have put together a visitors pack which is well worth a read.
For anyone in Darwin, DASSAN organises visits to centres there; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney-siders should get in touch with Villawood Vollies
If you would like to take gifts with you to detention centres or send them to centres; ASCI (Asylum Seekers Christmas Island) has put together a useful guide to items that are needed, permitted in... etc