The AIDS Action Council of the ACT has awarded the Migration Legal Clinic the Community Award for 2013.
The award recognises a group or organisation that has advanced HIV and AIDS issues in the community.
Marianne Dickie founded the clinic in 2008, which has operated in its present location at Westlund House since 2011.
The clinic is staffed by volunteer students and staff from the ANU College of Law who assist and advise clients on all aspects of migration law, averaging about 120 consultations per year.
“Clients with HIV or AIDS need particular care and assistance in navigating the Health criteria within the Migration Act. Their cases are complex and can take a long period of time to resolve successfully,” Marianne said.
“Our work has assisted refugees, new migrants, victims of domestic violence, unwed mothers and students to settle permanently in Australia.”
In 2012, Er Kai Wang, an academic in the migration law program at ANU, took over the role of co-ordinating undergraduate students and staff working within the clinic.
Marianne’s tireless work has enabled the clinic to continue assisting vulnerable migrants and their families in the region.