UFVRA For Victims Of Violent Crime 2019

 

UFVRA is available for primary victims of an act of violence. an act of violence is a violent crime that is perpetrated by one person against another, Examples include, but are not limited to:

 

Deprivation of liberty
all forms of physical assault.
Sexual offences.
Child abuse.
Burglary with violence and robbery
Stalking, kidnapping and
all forms of domestic and family violence.
Elder abuse.

 

If you have been injured, physically or emotionally by another person, “UFVRA” is able to help you get help through our partners in Queensland

 

If you have been injured, physically or emotionally by another person, “UFVRA” is able to help you get help through our partners in Queensland

 

who we work for!
Refugees.
Homeless.
Children.
Indigenous.
Victims of Domestic Violent .
Disadvantage families.

 

Who we are
United Federation Of Volunteers for Refugee Action is a nationwide and international charity to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they stand, including Religious, Ethnic, and sexual minorities. For more than 19 years, UFVRA has been assisting refugees rebuild their lives, fighting against poverty and social injustice. Through provision of immediate assistance and setting up of self-sustaining development programs, our goal to advance in real, operational results. By creating stable and dedicated grass root relationships with indigenous, nationwide and global partners, our organisation are able to reach some of the most tough to reach dwellings at the most helpless of times. We support, inclusion, safety, and dignity, harmonious and united communities.

 

UFVRA IS Helping this country move forward, in safety and development of our communities. you have right to make a complaint.

if you believe a Queensland Government agency or non-government organisation has not met your rights, contact Victims Assist Queensland on 1300546587 directly instate or coming to our office.  you need to contact them in (business hours)

 

In case of emergency

If you failed assistance and you are concerned for your safety, or the safety of others, please call 000.

 

Help for people in crisis

Lifeline 24 -Hours Crisis line......................131114

DV connect Women's line.........................18001811811

DV connect Men's Line.............................1800600636

Satewide Sexual Assault Helpline............1800010120

Men'sline Australia....................................1300789978

Kids Helpline (25 years & under ) ............1800551800

 

United Federation of Volunteers for Refugee Action is small Not-For-Profit Organization and relies on public financial support to continue its vital work in education and advocacy!


Donations to the UFVRA are tax-deductible.

 

UFVRA SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY -GENERAL 

UFVRA  referal system is available for primary victims of an act of violence. an act of violence is a violent crime that is perpetrated by one person against another, Examples include, but are not limited to: deprivation of liberty
all forms of physical assault
sexual offences
child abuse
burglary with violence and robbery
stalking, kidnapping and
all forms of domestic and family violence
elder abuse

 

Help for others impacted by violent crime

Help and financial assistance is also available for:

Witness- people who see or hear a violent crime talking place

Parent secondary victims-parents of children and young people who have been victims of violent crime

Related victims- close family members or dependants of person who has died as a result of an act of violence such as homicide or dangerous driving causing death.

As leaders of the standing against violence in Australia, UFVRA assist is also able to help existing, new and emerging government and non-government victim’s service to:

Design, develop or review strategies to support and respond to the needs of victims

Understand the charter and how victims’ rights are applied

Provide information and training to develop awareness of victims, needs and right and service available to support them.

Type of help available

UFVRA assist’s information and referral service to answer your questions.

 Victims of crime QLD,

HAVE YOU BEEN A VICTIM OF CRIME?

You may be entitled to victim’s assistance from QLD Government.click here

 

Crimes that have impacted victims may include: physical assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, domestic abuse, family violence, armed robbery, violent robbery, aggravated burglary, child abuse, child sexual abuse, indecent assault, home invasion, stalking, threats to kill, workplace assault, homicide, murder, culpable driving, dangerous driving, road rage, breach of Intervention Order, threat to harm, bullying, or any other violent crime. Matters such as childhood sexual abuse and ongoing domestic violence may have occurred beyond two years*.

Please note that the offender does NOT need to be charged in order to make a Crime Compensation application, according to" Victim crime QLD"

 

HOW IT WORKS
  1. Open the Enquiry Form
  2. Tell Them about yourself
  3. Tell them about the crime
  4. Tell them  about anything else
  5. They will review the case
  6. When they have enough information, we will submit the claim
  7. Victim Assist will assess your claim
  8. The claim will either be approved or denied
  9. If approved, payment will then be received

 

Introduction

united Federation of volunteers for refugees action is using Refugees council Australia link to inform that community about brief summarises the many changes to Australia’s refugee and asylum policies in recent years. These changes have largely been a political response to an increase in the number of people seeking asylum by boat (51,637 arrivals in the past five years) and in deaths at sea (at least 862 deaths over the same period). Both of Australia’s major political parties have responded by blocking access to protection in Australia and penalising those coming by boat.

 

 

Immigration detention

Indefinite mandatory detention

People who arrive without a valid visa (by sea or air) must be detained by law without any time limit. As of 26 April 2018, 1,369 people were held in closed immigration detention facilities in Australia, 349 of whom had arrived by boat. The average length of detention in closed detention facilities was 434 days, with 461 people (34% of detention population) having been detained for over a year and 264 for more than two years. As of 26 April 2018, seven children were held in closed detention facilities in Australia.

Community placements

Although people without a valid visa are to be detained by law, they can be released at the discretion of the Government into either community detention or the community on a bridging visa E (BVE).

Between October 2010 and 2012, the Government increasingly released people into community detention, but since then people have been mainly released on BVEs. As of 26 April 2018, there were 457 people (including 180 children) in community detention and 18,027 people living in the community after the grant of a BVE.

People in community detention can move freely, but must live at an address specified by the Minister for Immigration and need permission to spend a night elsewhere. They are subject to curfews and other supervision arrangements.

BVEs allow people to live in the community while their protection claims are being decided. Most people on these visas have access to Australia’s universal healthcare system, Medicare. In the past, most also received a basic living allowance equivalent to 89% of Centrelink Special Benefit (about $35 a day for a single adult without children). In the past year however, the Government has significantly restricted eligibility criteria for accessing this support and there are further plans to reduce the numbers on support by an estimated 60%.

Living in the community

Work rights

People seeking asylum who came by boat after 13 August 2012 did not have the right to work until December 2014, when the Government reversed this policy for people on BVEs. People in community detention still do not have the right to work. While most seeking asylum now have the right to work, there remain difficulties in timely renewal of bridging visas and practical barriers to obtaining employment. There are still many people in the community who do not have work rights. On 31 January 2018, 6,790 people with a BVE did not have the right to work lawfully in the community.

Access to support

 

For many years, there has been a government-funded support program for people waiting for their protection claims to be decided and who were unable to meet their basic healthcare and living needs. The program, now known as Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS), provides them with a basic living allowance, casework support, access to torture and trauma counselling and subsidised medication.

 

In recent years and especially since August 2017, the Australian Government has been making it harder for people to access this program. People who study full-time, those who transferred more than $1000 to a bank account over a 12-month period and those who came by plane on another visa which is still valid are no longer eligible. As of 21 May 2018, 149 people who had been transferred from Nauru or Manus Island to Australia (usually for medical reasons) have also been transferred on to bridging visas without access to this support.

 

The Government plans to cut support to more people in the next few months in 2018, and has indicated that there are likely to be fewer than 5000 people who will continue to receive support. This amounts to a 60% cut.

 

The Government has indicated that people who have work rights and do not meet an extremely high threshold of vulnerability will lose SRSS support, whether they have a job or not.

Adverse security assessments

Refugees with adverse security assessments

The Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) conducts a security assessment of all people found to be refugees in Australia before they are granted protection. If ASIO issues an adverse assessment, the person cannot be granted a protection visa. There is no right to appeal the assessment or receive reasons or evidence.

 

Between January 2010 and November 2011, ASIO issued assessments to more than 50 refugees. These people were held in indefinite detention (some alongside their children) but could not be returned to their country of origin. In July 2013, the UN Human Rights Committee found that the indefinite detention of these refugees breached the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

 

Since 2015, many of these people have been released into the community after ASIO overturned the adverse assessments. However, a few remain in held detention (almost all reaching their eighth year). Those with overturned assessments have been asked to re-apply for a temporary protection visa, even though they would have been entitled to permanent protection when found to be refugees.

 

Their claims for protection will be re-assessed according to new country information. For those yet to be released from detention, this can mean longer periods of arbitrary detention if the Government decides to release them only when they are granted a protection visa.

Secrecy and the Australian Boarder Force Act

Border Force Act

The Australian Border Force (ABF) Act took effect on 1 July 2015. Its secrecy and disclosure provisions made it a crime for an “entrusted person” to make record of or disclose protected information. This was punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment.

Initially, an “entrusted person” could be an Immigration and Border Protection worker, including people engaged or employed by the Department of Immigration. This could include social workers, educators, and others contracted by the Australian Government to perform services on behalf of the Department. Ahead of a High Court challenge to these provisions, in October 2016 the Australian Government exempted health professionals working in detention from the provisions but the High Court challenge continued.

In August 2017, the secrecy provisions were amended significantly. It now only applies to information that may compromise Australia’s security, defence or international relations. The changes are retrospective, dating back to 1 July 2015 when the Border Force Act was enacted.

Determining Refugees Status

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Refugee Status Determination (RSD) and legal advice

Excision policy

Under Australian law, a person seeking asylum who arrives by boat cannot apply for any visa, including a protection visa, unless the Minister for Immigration personally decides to ‘lift the bar’. This policy previously applied only to people who arrived on outlying territories of Australia (such as Christmas Island) excised from the migration zone, but since 2013 it has been extended to mainland Australia. This means any person seeking asylum by boat cannot apply for protection except at the discretion of the Minister for Immigration.

Delays in refugee determination and pressure to apply

From August 2012 until 2015, the government suspended refugee status determination (RSD) for people who arrived by boat after 13 August 2012. While the Government began allowing this group to apply for a protection visa in 2015, it only finished ‘lifting the bar’ for all groups in late 2016, and also removed most access to government-funded legal advice (see below). This resulted in long waiting lists (of up to a year) to access legal advice.

At the end of 2016, the then Department of Immigration started sending warning letters to people who had not yet applied for protection, including those on waiting lists. People were given 60 days to apply (with a possibility of a 30-day extension) and were told that, if they did not, they would lose any welfare payments, their bridging visas and the right to apply for protection.

On 21 May 2017, the Minister for Immigration announced that if people did not apply by 1 October 2017, they would be barred from applying for any visa in Australia and would be returned to their home countries. Legal centres, pro bono lawyers and volunteers across Australia largely succeeded in meeting this arbitrary and extremely tight deadline, with all but 71 of the thousands still waiting applying by the deadline. As of March 2018, the Department of Immigration had only managed to decide about half of the cases.

The ‘fast track’ process

Australia introduced a ‘fast track’ RSD process for people who arrived by boat between 13 August 2012 and 1 January 2014, and were not taken to Nauru or Papua New Guinea. If their claims are rejected by the Department, they cannot have their claims reviewed by an independent merits review tribunal. Instead, the decisions will be referred to the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA), a body established in 2015, which provides a far more limited form of review.

In this review, people seeking asylum generally will not be interviewed and cannot provide new information other than in exceptional circumstances. If an applicant is specified as an “excluded fast track review applicant”, they will be excluded from any form of merits review under the fast track system. Fast track applicants will usually have access to judicial review. However, court hearings can be months or years away, with some people now receiving court dates in 2021. The Minister for Immigration also has the power to issue a ‘conclusive certificate’ which prevents an initial decision from being changed or reviewed.

Other changes to RSD and how Australia defines ‘refugee’

The Australian Government has made other changes to the processes for assessing asylum claims. These include: shifting the burden of proof to people seeking asylum; removing the references to the Refugee Convention from Australia’s migration legislation; and removing the reasonableness test from consideration of relocation options for people facing persecution. Further, the Government has expanded the use of adverse credibility findings, and grounds for denying protection to people who provide false identity documents.

Removal of government-funded legal advice

Most people seeking asylum who arrive without valid visas are no longer eligible for government-funded legal advice. Those who arrive by plane with a valid visa and a small percentage of highly vulnerable people who came by boat are eligible for free legal advice at the primary stage of decision-making, but not at the merits review stage.

Amalgamation of review tribunals into the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

On 1 July 2015, the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT), Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) and Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) merged with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The amalgamated AAT is responsible for the independent review of a wide range of decisions made by the Australian Government, including the Department. Decisions that could be reviewed by the former MRT or RRT, or the cases referred to these review bodies before 1 July 2015 for which a decision was not made by that date, are now reviewed by the AAT’s Migration and Refugee Division.

Enhanced screening

‘Enhanced screening’ of Sri Lankan and Vietnamese people seeking asylum

Since October 2012, people seeking asylum arriving by boat from Sri Lanka have been subject to ‘enhanced screening’. Under this process, these people are interviewed by two officers from the Department of Immigration about their reasons for travelling to Australia. If they raise concerns which suggest they may have a valid protection claim, they are ‘screened in’ so that their claims can be formally processed. If they do not raise any protection concerns, they are ‘screened out’ and returned to their country of origin without having the opportunity to formally lodge a protection claim.

This system lacks transparency and denies people the opportunity to have their claims fairly assessed. More than 1,000 people have been ‘screened out’ and returned to Sri Lanka since this system was introduced.

In July 2014, a group of 41 Sri Lankan people who had attempted to enter Australia by boat were intercepted by Australian authorities and screened at sea before being returned to Sri Lanka. Some subsequently fled to Nepal where they were found to be refugees by UNHCR. Another group of 12 Sri Lankans whose boat was intercepted by the Australian authorities near Cocos Island in May 2016 were also screened at sea before being flown to Sri Lanka. They were reportedly arrested on arrival at Colombo airport.

This ‘enhanced screening’ process has been expanded to people from Vietnam. In March and July 2015, two boats carrying Vietnamese people seeking asylum were intercepted by the Australian navy and their passengers underwent enhanced screening before being returned to Vietnam. Those on the first boat were held at sea for nearly a month.Some have reportedly been since tried in Vietnam and sentenced to two to three years in prison.

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Offshore processing

Transfers to Nauru and Papua New Guinea

People seeking asylum by boat who came after 19 July 2013 are subject to offshore processing. Under this policy, they are transferred to regional processing centres (RPCs) in Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island where their claims are processed under the laws of those countries. If they are found to be refugees, they will be settled in a country other than Australia. Nauru is offering recognised refugees temporary visas, with permanent protection only if they choose to resettle in Cambodia (see below).

While PNG has adopted a National Refugee Policy allowing for permanent settlement and a pathway to citizenship, in practice the process of settlement remains fraught.

Nauru progressively introduced open centre arrangements from 25 February 2015 until 5 October 2015, when it declared the centre open.Some refugees and people seeking asylum are now living in the community in Nauru. However, a number remain in the processing centres because there is not enough housing or because of a perceived lack of safety. As of 26 April 2018, there were still 255 people, including 22 children, at the Nauru RPC.

PNG also introduced open centre arrangements for Manus Island RPC. On 27 April 2016, a bus service commenced to assist movement between the Manus RPC, the Lorengau township, and the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre. Manus RPC closed at the end of October 2017 and people were transferred to other accommodation in Manus Island (see below).

The Department no longer regularly reports on the number of people living in the community in Nauru or in PNG. However, based on the information provided during Senate estimates, as of 21 May 2018, there are 1,655 people on both Nauru and PNG in various living arrangements.

Resettlement deal with Cambodia

On 26 September 2014, Australia and Cambodia signed an agreement providing for the relocation of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. Under this, people found to be refugees subject to offshore processing in Nauru could choose to resettle in Cambodia, where they would be provided with services and a path to citizenship. However, only seven refugees have chosen to take up this option, and it has been reported that only one is left.

Resettlement deal with the US

In November 2016, Australia announced a deal with the United States of America (US) which would allow some of the refugees in Nauru and Manus Island to resettle in the USA. Reports indicated the US would resettle up to 1,250 refugees. Prior to resettlement, people who expressed interest will be subject to security assessment, further interviews and medical checks.

The change of government in the USA created great uncertainty around the future of this deal. Departures did not start until September 2017. As of 30 April 2018, 165 refugees from Nauru and 84 refugees from PNG have left for the US. So far, Iranian and Somali refugees have had the highest refusal rate for resettlement in the USA. While Iranians constitute the largest population of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, only 15 Iranian nationals have been accepted for resettlement and 70 were refused. This has created grave concerns that people from countries subject to USA’s enhanced security screening will be denied a chance at resettlement.

The Australian Government has not identified options for resettlement other than the US or Cambodia. It has repeatedly turned down an offer by New Zealand to resettle 150 refugees. A handful of people have also moved to other countries mainly through private sponsorship. This includes a father and son from Syria who were reunited with family members in Canada, an Iranian man privately sponsored to Canada, and an Iranian cartoonist, known by the pen name of Eaten Fish, who moved to a Northern European country after being granted artist’s residency through the International Cities of Refuge Network. The future is also uncertain for those who have been found not to be a refugee but are unable to return home (due to statelessness or inability to source travel documents).

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