Bassina Farbenblum is MWJI co-director and Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law.
Bassina Farbenblum is a solicitor and the founding director of the UNSW Human Rights Clinic and the Australian Human Rights Centre’s Migrant and Refugee Rights Project. She has spent almost two decades as immigrant rights lawyer, researcher and clinical legal educator in New York and Sydney. Funded by the Open Society Foundations, Bassina led the first large-scale empirical study of migrant workers’ access to justice in countries of origin. She works closely with government and civil society partners in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia to improve migrant workers’ access to justice and governance of migrant recruitment. In 2014, Bassina was awarded the Open Society Foundations International Migration Initiative Fellowship for her work on labour migration in Asia. Her recent articles focus on rights-based governance of migrant recruitment and private sector accountability within supply chains.
Laurie Berg is MWJI co-director and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.
Formerly Furman Fellow at Human Rights First, New York, her research and advocacy advances the rights of low-waged migrant workers in supply chains in Australia and South East Asia. She is the author of the first book on migrant workers’ rights in Australia: Migrant Rights at Work: Law’s Precariousness at the Intersection of Immigration and Labour published by Routledge in 2016. Prior to her academic appointment, Laurie previously held posts at Australian Red Cross, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and migrant rights legal services in New York City. She is a recipient of the Lisa Gilad prize by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, and the University of Technology Sydney’s Early Career Research Excellence Award.
Sonja Duncan is Senior Researcher with MWJI and Director of SD Strategies.
Sonja has worked for 25 years to encourage, empower and support organisations to become sustainability leaders. With experience in environmental, WHS and social impact auditing, gap analysis, stakeholder consultation, training, risk management and strategy development, Sonja is a sought-after sustainability consultant. She focuses on helping businesses operationalise the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and meet or exceed the requirements of modern slavery legislation. She cares deeply about the ‘unseen’ people in supply chains and is passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable and exploited people. Sonja has a Master of Environmental Management and is completing a Master of Human Rights Law & Policy at UNSW. She is a Research Associate with the Australian Human Rights Institute, a Senior Researcher with the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative and in her spare time teaches yoga to homeless people at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross, Sydney.
Angela Kintominas is Research Associate with MWJI.
Angela is a lawyer and researcher specializing in the intersections of gender justice, migration and labour rights. She is a Scientia PhD Scholar at UNSW Sydney, a Research Associate with MWJI and the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) working on Australian Research Council Discovery Project Markets, Migration and Care. Angela undertook her Master of Laws as a Lionel Murphy Scholar at Columbia University, New York, where she was awarded the Walter Gellhorn Prize for first place in her cohort. She is also an alumna of UNSW (BA (Hon 1), LLB (Hon 1)), where she graduated as Valedictorian.
Joshua Kan is a Research Associate with MWJI
Joshua is an international student in the final year of a Juris Doctor (JD) degree at UNSW Law. He graduated from the UNSW Business School with a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) majoring in Accounting and Marketing. Joshua has worked in various professional services firms, community legal centres and non-profit organisations in Australia and Singapore. As a student clerk in the UNSW Human Rights Clinic, Joshua was actively involved in the release of the report No Place Like Home and government and university briefings. In 2019, Joshua was awarded the Juris Doctor Award for International Students by the UNSW Faculty of law for outstanding academic achievement and contribution to the law school.