Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre
Amy Frew joined the Human Rights Law Centre in 2015. Working within the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit, Amy manages the Unit’s work with pro bono partner firms, other community legal centres, community organisations and advocates. She assisted on the high court challenge to Australia’s offshore detention regime, Plaintiff M68 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Ors.
Amy coordinates the HRLC’s largest ever caseload and provides ongoing legal assistance and support to over 300 people in Australia who have sought asylum and who remain at risk of removal to offshore processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island.
Amy was a member of the #LetTheStay campaign, and worked closely with GetUp! and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce. The coalition lead a nationwide campaign that kept a group of 267 people seeking asylum in Australia after the legal challenge to their offshore detention failed.
Amy has a long-standing commitment to upholding the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum, social justice and the value of the community legal sector. She volunteered for five years with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, completed an internship with Victoria Legal Aid, and interned and volunteered at numerous Victorian Community Legal Centres. She currently volunteers at Refugee Legal and is a member of the Board of Management at Flemington Kensington CLC.
Prior to joining the HRLC, Amy was the Federation of Community Legal Centres law graduate and completed placements with the HRLC, Goulburn Valley CLC and Inner Melbourne Community Legal. Before completing her law degree she worked in policy roles in the Victorian Government.
Amy has a Juris Doctor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours from the University of Melbourne. In 2014 she was awarded the Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service.