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The Australian Human Rights Commission has named SSI as a finalist in the Human Rights Awards 2014 Community Award.

SSI is one of four finalists in the Community Award – Organisation, which is awarded to a not-for-profit community-based organisation with a track record in promoting and advancing human rights in Australia.

SSI initiatives such as Playtime have been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
SSI initiatives such as Playtime have been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said she was proud that SSI was named as a finalist for one of the most prestigious human rights awards in Australia. “Even as a finalist, I'm just so delighted that our work in supporting vulnerable people to reach their full potential through our initiatives has been recognised by the Human Rights Commission.”

The other three finalists in the category are Refugee Advocacy and Casework Service (RACS), No FGM Australia (which aims to stop female genital mutilation in Australia), and Transgender Victoria (which works to achieve justice, equity and quality health and community services for transgender people).

The winning organisation will be announced on December 10, 2014, at a ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Success stories

Refugee turned citizen feels privileged to have a say

Paz Roman smiling to camera.At 17, Paz Roman was nominated as Young Australian of the Year, mostly for her volunteer work. Ironically, she wasn’t an Australian. She came here from Chile as a refugee with her family when she was just a baby, and despite living in Australia since then, she struggled with the idea of becoming a citizen.  

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