As law students, we are privileged to be given the skills and opportunities to help people who may not have the means to help themselves. I feel that being part of WCJP was a great way to give back to the community that has given me so many opportunities.
Hear from Brianna below:
This is my first year volunteering with the Wellington Community Justice Project (WCJP). I am a member of the media team of ASEP, part of the Human Rights branch of WCJP. It is a great way to get involved in the community, meet more like-minded people, and hopefully make a difference in our society.
Our role as ASEP is to create awareness about the disparity of treatment between Convention and Quota Refugees in New Zealand. Many people are not aware of these categories (I must admit that before becoming involved in this I was not completely sure of the difference) and this results in a bulk labelling as "refugees". Under the 1951 Refugee convention, all people have a right to claim and enjoy asylum in our country. However, these two groups are given markedly different access to support and resources once in New Zealand.
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