Vinnies NSW Stands with People Seeking Protection and Refugees

The St Vincent de Paul Society aspires for an Australia transformed by compassion and built on justice. We welcome all those who come to us, wherever and however they come to us, with compassion and respect for their dignity.

We have a long and proud history of giving a hand-up and speaking up for refugees and people seeking protection. The Society calls upon the Federal Government to show compassion and uphold the human rights of those who seek protection.

Today more than ever, it is vital that we stand with our vulnerable brothers and sisters who need protection.

Three things you can do:

1. Donate to our Protection Appeal so that we can provide vital financial support and accommodation to people seeking protection who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Donate here

2. Show that you stand with people seeking protection by displaying our stickers and posters and speaking to people in your local community. Download our A3 posters here or contact social.justice@vinnies.org.au to order your stickers and posters..

3. Write to your Federal Member of Parliament (MP) to ask the Government to immediately bring people held on Manus Island and Nauru to Australia. The Manus Regional Processing Centre has now closed, and the men have been violently removed to other detention centre facilities which remain insecure and unsafe. The St Vincent de Paul Society has called on the Australian Government to act urgently to avoid further critical incidents and loss of life, and to expedite refugee resettlement to safe third countries (read more here).

Some quick tips:
• Stay calm, respectful and on message (the Government should immediately bring people held on Manus Island to Australia – they are not safe in PNG)
• State that you’re a concerned voter who is deeply distressed about what’s occurring on Manus Island
• Personalise your call or letter – tell your MP why you care. Use our template letter, download the template letter here
• Contact social.justice@vinnies.org.au for any assistance with the letter and to let us know you have called or written to your MP.

Find out more:
Why we are concerned about Manus Island and Nauru
Our media release

Why do we stand with people seeking protection?
Who are refugees and people seeking protection?
Who is most affected by Australia's cruel policies?
How many people are still held on Manus Island and Nauru?
How many people have been evacuated from offshore detention for medical care and now live in Australia?
What is currently happening to the people who were brought to Australia for medical care?
What is happening to the people who have lived in the community for years but are now at risk of deportation?
What is Vinnies NSW doing for those seeking protection?
What is Vinnies message to the Federal Government?
How can I stand with people seeking protection?
How do I respond to common questions about people seeking protection?