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11 Mar 2021

Inquest into Nathan Reynolds' death in custody comes to an end

11 March 2021 This post contains the name and image of an Aboriginal person who has died. Today after two-and-a-half long years, Nathan Reynolds' loved ones finally received answers as to how he died in custody. The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT has been representing Nathan's family at the coronial inquest into his death. We stand with this large, loving and tight-knit family...

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26 Feb 2021

Danny Whitton's family speak out about his death in custody

26 February 2021 This post contains the name and image of an Aboriginal person who has died. Today outside the Coroner's Court of NSW, the family of Danny Whitton spoke to media about his death in custody. Danny was just 25 years old when he passed away from a suspected accidental drug overdose in 2015. He was held at Junee Correctional Centre...

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21 Dec 2020

ALS office closures over the holidays

21 December 2020 After a challenging year, our staff will be taking a short break over Christmas and New Year to rest and recharge. We look forward to coming back in 2021 with renewed energy to serve our community and achieve justice for our mob. All ALS offices will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 24 December 2020. The following offices will...

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11 Nov 2020

NAIDOC Webinar Event

NAIDOC Webinar: Celebrating 50 years of protest, resistance and Aboriginal community controlled legal services Date: Friday 13 November 2020 Time: 12.45-2pm Registration: Click here ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This NAIDOC Week, we are celebrating the 50-year milestone since the Aboriginal Legal Service first opened its doors. In 1970, the ALS in Redfern was established as the first Aboriginal legal service in Australia as well as the first...

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31 Jul 2020

NSW Government must act immediately to prevent COVID-19 deaths in custody

31 July 2020The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (‘ALS’) is deeply concerned at reports of COVID-19  in NSW prisons, with a number of prisons currently in lockdown amidst rising concerns of community transition .  From the outset of this global pandemic, the ALS, families who have had loved ones die in custody, advocates and more than 18,0000 supporters have been calling on Governments to #CleanOutPrisons and immediately release vulnerable imprisoned people due to the risk of COVID-19.  We know that prisons are a tinderbox for COVID-19 – and that once the pandemic...

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16 Jul 2020

Farewell

The ALS would like to farewell and acknowledge the commitment and dedication of those formerly employed in the Regional Community Engagement Manager role.Lynette Kilby Aunty Lynette worked as a Field Officer in the Griffith office for many years before becoming a Regional Community Engagement Manager. As a respected Elder, Aunty Lynette ensured cultural protocols across the region were understood by our staff...

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29 Apr 2020

Open letter from First Nations families left behind #CleanOutPrisons

29 April 2020 OPEN LETTER Urgent action from Australian Governments needed to prevent COVID-19 Black deaths in custody.  We represent the families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been murdered in prisons or police custody.

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30 Mar 2020

We are fighting in court to free our people - and winning

30th March 2020 Hello, Makayla here. I’m reaching out to you mob because right now many of us might be feeling cut off and disconnected from our family, friends and the world.  Many of you are First Nations mob and worried sick for our elders, communities and of course family members in prison. But together we can fight for justice for our people and our...

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18 Mar 2020

How to care for elders and our communities during coronavirus

19th March 2020 The upcoming months are going to be really challenging for our mob  So we need to look after each other and stay safe from getting sick.  Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of coronavirus Wash your hands often with soap and running water. Do not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Cover your nose...

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