About Us

Staff & Executive Board

Rawan Arraf
Alison Ryan
Katie Wrigley

Executive Board

Rawan Arraf – Founder & Director

Rawan has a background in refugee protection, administrative law and international human rights law.  Rawan most recently worked as a refugee lawyer at community legal centre, Refugee Advice & Casework Service providing a wide range of protection advice to people seeking asylum in Australia. She has worked on a myriad of complex cases ranging from people held in long term detention, those subject to offshore detention, those with national security matters, with visa character refusals and citizenship claims on statelessness, including in particular for stateless Rohingya babies born in Australia.

She is actively engaged with lawyers and organisations working in universal jurisdiction litigation abroad and in 2018, she spent three months at ECCHR, Berlin, working closely with the International Crimes and Accountability team on universal jurisdiction matters.

Rawan is an arts and law graduate of the University of Sydney and will graduate with a Master of Laws from the University of New South Wales in 2019.

Alison Ryan – Director

Alison works as a Supervising Senior Solicitor at Refugee Advice & Casework Service, a specialist legal centre for asylum seekers and refugees. Alison has over 12 years international experience working on international criminal law, human rights and legal programs in Timor Leste, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Uganda and Greece. Alison completed a Master of Laws at the University of New England focused on international criminal law and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. She lectures occassionally at the University of Technology Sydney in refugee law.

Katie Wrigley – Director

Katie is a Senior Solicitor with the Legal Aid Commission NSW. She oversees the Commission’s migration law practice. Katie has 28 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit legal sector. She has served on volunteer boards of community legal centres including Macarthur Legal Centre, and has held positions as the Principal Solicitor with both Welfare Rights and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service where she was responsible for those centres’ legal practice. Her practice of law since her admission has consistently involved helping people in situations of disadvantage access legal assistance. In her current position she has been responsible for the management of the financial contract with the Department of Immigration for provision of services under the IAAAS program. In 2018 she successfully completed the LEAD program with Legal Aid, a leadership program. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She has lectured on International Law at Macquarie University.