We can

stand in solidarity

Thousands of students across the country are taking action from June 9-23 as part of our National Week of Prayer & Action and join the campaign for a #FairGoForFamilies.
Check out photos from the actions.

We can

engage hearts and minds

We believe families are an integral part of our communities and help people thrive in their new homes.At the moment thousands of refugees are being kept separate by the Australian government.

Sign our Pledge for a #FairGoForFamilies here.

We can

join with others for change

Host a community conversation, meet your MP, attend a Circle of Silence.

Check out our Toolkit for Change!

We can do better

We visited people across the Catholic community and heard their message to people seeking asylum, loud and clear – “You are Welcome”.

Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum ought to reflect our collective values of solidarity, compassion, respect for human dignity, and our desire to do good – not harm.

When we offer 12,000 Syrians safe haven, we do good and honour our values. When we send people seeking safety to an unsafe environment on Nauru and Manus Island, we do harm.

We can do better.

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) calls for the government to stop putting people in harm’s way. CAPSA calls for better treatment of people in need, and policies that reflect our common values.

What I can do?

I can get informed

Confused about the facts? Find out where you can access reliable information including updates about what Catholics are doing in support people seeking asylum …

I can help

Looking for a way to help people seeking asylum in your local community? See how you can share your skills …

I can stand up for change

Want your voice to be heard? Looking for ways to speak out against the harsh treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia? Find out ways to effectively advocate …

What I am doing

Sayed is Afghani, married with 6 children. He made the journey to Australia on his own. His wife and 6 children are refugees in Pakistan. I also have 6 kids so his experience seemed both familiar and incomprehensible to me.

Carole

Sunshine, Victoria

What I am doing

I have come to see that my faith is concerned with seeking a personal relationship with Jesus and it is in sharing the struggles and hopes of my asylum seeker friends that I encounter Jesus and deepen my relationship with him

Peter Ardnt

Brisbane, Queensland

What I am doing

Hearing people’s stories of persecution and injustice has helped me to see beyond media headlines to the stories of real people

Rita

Footscray, Victoria photo credit: Fiona Basile

Latest News & Events

#FairGoForFamiles: A Campaign for Family Reunion

We are joining with a range of other groups to call for our greater access to family reunion for people who have had their claims for refugee status confirmed and are living in the Australian community. We believe families are an integral part of our communities and help people thrive in their new homes.

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World Refugee Day

World refugee day is a time to look outside our own world and to notice people whom persecution and war force to leave their nations. It invites us to consider our own good fortune as we see the misery of people who wander at the mercy of others in their struggle for survival. It appeals to our generosity.

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National Week of Prayer & Action

TAKE ACTION IN YOUR SCHOOL: 9 - 23 June 2017

After the success of CAPSA's National Week of Prayer & Action in 2016, we are again inviting schools to participate in this important act of solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum in 2017. The week provides an opportunity for school communities to meaningfully engage with the Catholic mission to 'welcome the stranger'.

We invite you to participate in 2017 by hosting a solidarity event for refugees and people seeking asylum at your school between 9-23 June. We have provided a wide window to suit the greatest number of schools, as well as coincide with Refugee Week from June 19 - 25.

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