About Us

Why AFR-SG Exist

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We are a ground-up movement based in Singapore, focused on bringing about greater awareness on the issues of refugees and forced migration in the region and beyond. We feel strongly that Singapore - like many other countries - has a crucial role to play as part of the international community in responsibility-sharing when responding to the effects and consequences of global displacement.


As of September 2018, we are a member organisation of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

What We Do

CAMPAIGNS

Informing and shaping public opinion on issues relating to the topic of global displacement, to inspire and spur collective action for good.

RESEARCH

Working towards the softening of Singapore government’s position in the way they treat refugees and asylum seekers in Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region, through research projects such as Focus Group Discussions to gather ground sentiments, conducting research studies to better understand, inform, and drive evidence-based policy recommendations, and supporting legal aid organisations in the region. 


Please submit form for legal research requests here.

PARTNERSHIPS

Building networks with local and regional community and refugee-led initiatives / organisations that support displaced communities.

TEAM AFR-SG

Campaign Coordinator

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Background: Christopher is currently a Communications Executive at Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore (CHARIS). He was a speaker at TEDxSIM regarding his volunteering experiences at a refugee camp in Hungary (click here for link to video). Chris has also been a facilitator and educator for experiential and socio-emotional programmes for a number of years.


Area of training: Chris graduated from the University at Buffalo (State of New York) with a B.A. in Sociology. 


One thing about me: I am currently ~struggling~ enjoying learning Arabic! !مرحبا

Research Coordinator (Advocacy)

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Background: Nursyazwani is currently pursuing her graduate studies in the Department of Sociology at NUS. Her research explores identity politics of Rohingyas in Malaysia. Beyond academia and AFR-SG, Wani serves as a Research & Education Specialist in Geutanyoe Foundation-Malaysia. She shuttles between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to conduct research, and to participate in discussions with civil society and refugee communities to promote refugee rights and integration with the host community. 


Area of training: Wani holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History from NUS. She worked as an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education (Singapore) before leaving the service to pursue academia. 


One thing about me: I retreat to my cello whenever the world feels overwhelming because music always makes the world a more beautiful place.

Research Coordinator (Legal)

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Background: Daron works for Asylum Access Thailand as a Legal Advocate and Columbia Law School Global Public Service Fellow. He provides legal advice and representation to asylum seekers and refugees. His previous work experience include working for the Center for Asylum Protection as a legal advisor, and providing pro bono legal assistance to the International Refugee Assistance Project and a legal aid organisation in Sarajevo, Bosnia.  


Area of training: Daron holds a B.A. Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Law from Columbia Law School, specialising in International Human Rights Law. 


One thing about me: I have an unhealthy obsession with bubble tea and Thai iced tea.



Founder & Partnership Coordinator

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Background: Mathilda currently works with SG Enable, an agency for persons with disabilities in Singapore. Previously, Mathilda worked in the line of home and community care, serving the elderly in Singapore and persons with disabilities in Australia. In 2015, Mathilda met with Rohingya refugees who fled and arrived in Australia before the Australian government resumed offshore detention in 2012. Her personal encounter with the refugees spurred her to establish AFR-SG shortly after.


Area of training: Mathilda has a B.A. in Philosophy and Master of Development Studies (International Development) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


One thing about me: I love hummus and enjoy knitting and creating things with my hands.

Founding Member

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Background: Jerry works with Save the Children in Thailand as Senior Field Coordinator and oversees field operations and programme delivery. He also leads the refugee education project which supports basic education for children in refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Previously, he worked with INTERPOL. 


Area of training: Jerry has a B.A. in Political Science from Singapore Management University and a Master's Degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies from the University of London. In 2019, he will be pursing Master’s in Social Innovation with Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. 


One thing about me: Forgive me for this; I haven’t watched Game of Thrones and I need to start now!