Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project (RAP)

Rights Advocacy Project is a community of lawyers and activists working to advance human rights in Australia. We’re part of Liberty Victoria, one of Australia’s leading human rights organisations.

We work across a range of issues including equality, government accountability, refugee and asylum seeker rights and criminal justice reform. Find out about our recent work at our website and Facebook page.

Our Program

Each March, we take on around 18 volunteers to work on strategic law reform and advocacy projects over an 18–month period. The program launches with a full day of training on everything from the political process and campaign strategy to social media.

Volunteers are placed in one of three human rights-themed teams: Equality and Government Accountability, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Criminal Justice Reform. These teams are supervised by two leading human rights experts and a member of the Steering Committee. As a team, they choose an issue to tackle and go about making change.  To find out more and how to apply keep an eye out on our webpage here

Since we launchedin 2013, we have made 39 contributions in the way of reports, articles, letters to ministers, videos, fact sheets, website resources, live events, consultations, submissions and our work has been mentioned in the second reading of Victoria's new spent convictions scheme bill which passed parliament in March.  Our work is, well… working! 

Our Steering Committee

The RAP program is run by volunteers for volunteers.  The steering committee facilitates the RAP program, and is in charge of recruitment, liaising with Liberty Victoria, monitoring team progress, and assisting with projects as needed.

Meet our current steering committee:

  • Emma Buckley Lennox - Chair
  • Rochelle Francis - Deputy Chair, Program Manager
  • Chris Chosich - Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
  • Jackson Mcleod - Treasurer and Secutary
  • Sophie Weiner - Communications Coorindator
  • Alex Batsis -  Traning Coordinator, Criminal Law Advocacy Coordinator
  • Danny Zajad - Criminal Law Project Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Colliver - Refugee Advocacy Coordinator
  • Hannah Neven Gorr - Refugee Advocacy Coordinator
  • Sam Moorehead - Equality and Govenment Accountability Project Coordinator
  • Ruby Haynes - Equality and Govenment Accountability Advocacy Coordinator
  • Abby Doltan - Indigenous Justice Project Coordinator

Volunteer Testimonials

"The YLLR program has helped me find a place for the things I feel passionately about that I don't get a chance to express at law school. I've loved the mentoring aspect, and it's been great to see the diverse people that are involved with Liberty Victoria, and to see that involvement with human rights advocacy can sit alongside a career elsewhere."                                                                           

- 2014 YLLR volunteer, Criminal Justice Pod

"The YLLR Program was an exciting opportunity to pursue projects on issues we cared about, backed up by advice, support and direction from some of the best minds in Victoria's law reform community."

 - 2014 YLLR volunteer, Equality Pod

"The YLLR program was a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with a small group of dedicated and genuinely handsome individuals who want to apply their legal skills and knowledge to more than just the Transfer of Land Act.  Helping to write a submission in response to the National Security Amendment Bill was a challenging and at times frustrating experience. However working within a respected organisation like Liberty Victoria enabled me to not only understand but feel like I was making a meaningful contribution to the process whereby laws are made in this country." - Gram, 2014 YLLR volunteer, Privacy Pod