Congratulations to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melbourne on being the recipient of the 2014 Mercy Foundation Social Justice Award – now known as the Cath Leary Social Justice Award.
This award recognises the significant contribution that the ASRC has made to providing asylum seekers with a range of practical and other assistance. The Mercy Foundation is particularly impressed by the way in which the ASRC uses professional volunteers to provide translation, interpreting and legal assistance.
The Mercy Foundation also recognises and congratulates the ASRC on their other programs which assist asylum seekers with casework, access to technology and education and which help provide a sense of community connectedness. Such help is provided by the ASRC in a spirit of compassion, to people who have fled untenable situations in their country of origin, and their work represents the very essence of social justice.
CEO of the ASRC, Kon Karapanagiotidis, was presented with the award by Sr Loreto Conroy, Leader of the North Sydney Sisters of Mercy, at a special forum on asylum seekers held at the Mercy Foundation on Thursday 28 August 2014.