April 2018 Bulletin



We believe that together we CAN make a difference, starting with small acts of kindness and hospitality and becoming a collective voice demanding more compassionate asylum seeker policies.

Make a tax deductible donation to CAPSA today!

Join the team!

CAPSA is recruiting for an inspirational, passionate and dedicated Project Coordinator to join the team and unite the Catholic voice for a more humane and compassionate response to refugees and people seeking asylum.

Please feel free to apply (see details below) and spread the word amongst your networks!

How to Apply

Applications close 5.00pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

2018 Walk For Justice For Refugees

The 2018 Walk For Justice For Refugees took place throughout Australia on Palm Sunday (25 March). People from all faith groups, community organisations and the general public joined the Palm Sunday Walk, bringing banners and other messages of support in solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum.

Thousands of people, including those representing the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum, attended the Walk. It’s important that we keep up this momentum to demonstrate the growing concern across the community about the harsh and punitive treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

Now more than ever Australians need to stand together for Justice for Refugees.

Read more about it below:

UNHCR releases zero draft of the Global Compact on Refugees

On 31 January 2018 UNHCR released the Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees. This Compact represents a long-awaited re-assessment of the ways in which States can fairly share their responsibilities to refugees.

The Compact addresses:

  • the importance of cooperation between States in ensuring that refugees are protected and long-term solutions achieved.
  • the increasingly urgent issue of how refugees should be treated prior to a decision being made on their status, and how to facilitate greater investment and involvement of different stakeholders in responding to mass movements of people in the future.

For more information see here

Events around the nation

Words That Work Community Action Workshop – QLD

You are warmly invited to attend a Words That Work Community Action Workshop, hosted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, on Saturday 21 April in Carina, Brisbane.

The Queensland ASRC team is working across the state to change the way we talk about the rights of people seeking asylum.

Workshops are for anyone who want to help achieve lasting change in community attitudes, providing tools for how to speak positively and effectively, based on ground-breaking research.

Join us in a hands-on workshop to:

  • hear about ‘Words That Work’
  • learn how to have persuasive conversations
  • discover where best to focus your energy
  • meet like-minded people who want to make a positive difference!

Event details:      

Event hosted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and supported by Our Lady of Graces Carina Parish Social Justice Group.

Recommended Reading & Viewing

A Letter From Christmas Island, Australia’s Forgotten Detention Centre

How we came to be so cruel to those seeking asylum in Australia

Deterrence by punishment: a critical overview of policies towards asylum seekers in the ‘legacy caseload’ written by Nishadh Rego – Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia

Court orders that boy, 10, at risk of suicide on Nauru be treated in Australia

‘The catch-22’: refugees to Australia struggle to find work

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers

Mohamed’s life story is a tragedy. But it’s typical for fathers held on Manus