Gilbert + Tobin furthers its support of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) with a donation to help address the urgent need created by the changes to processing that threatens to leave hundreds of asylum seekers without access to legal advice or assistance when applying for protection visas.
RACS is under increased pressure due to recent changes to the terms on which asylum seekers are processed. The changes reduce the length of time asylum seekers have to apply for protection visas from one year to 60 days.
Pro bono partner Michelle Hannon says assisting those most vulnerable in society is at the core of Gilbert + Tobin.
“Without the help of volunteers and fiscal donations, there is a real risk that many of these asylum seekers will fail in their pursuit of protection. We are immensely proud of the work we do with RACS and are determined to support these asylum seekers who are particularly vulnerable at this time,” says Michelle.
Gilbert + Tobin continues to operate a weekly roster in conjunction with the Asylum Seeker Centre and RACS to assist refugee applicants pursue their claims for asylum.
In 2015-16, Gilbert + Tobin completed more than 19,454 hours of pro bono work at an average of 65.3 hours per lawyer.