PLAYFAIR is proud to announce that its CEO, Petra Playfair, has been elected as National Vice President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).
Petra said: “I’m delighted to take up this position. Now more than ever we need to ensure that we maintain the highest standards in the migration profession and advocacy. The MIA is the ideal platform to do this.”
Petra Playfair has over 30 years’ experience in migration and multicultural affairs. Previously she was appointed Board Director and NSW President of the MIA (Oct 2005-2009), and also served on the Board of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).
Her vast expertise spans both corporate and humanitarian streams of migration law. She has represented the interests of many Australian government departments, the courts, and non-government agencies to their overseas counterparts and engaged in research and policy analysis relating to refugees.
After working as a Senior Social worker for the NGO, International Social Service, she was involved with the Refugee Council of Australia, the New South Wales Committee on Adoption and the Austcare Board of Management.
Petra founded PLAYFAIR Visa and Migration Services in 1988 and has grown the practice to one of Australia’s foremost providers of visa and migration professional services with a team of over twenty highly qualified Registered Migration Agents and Solicitors.
Since 2002, PLAYFAIR has been selected as a preferred Legal Aid Provider of migration assistance to asylum seekers and other disadvantaged clients under IAAAS, later PAIS and offshore contracts with the Australian Commonwealth Government.
Over the last 20 years, PLAYFAIR’s pro bono division has assisted numerous vulnerable and financially disadvantaged clients including representing them at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Their Community Outreach program supports the dissemination of accurate visa legislation and migration pathways information to refugee community groups, service providers and industry associations around Australia. It also engages in supporting new visa pathways for highly skilled refugees.
In a move aimed towards European expansion PLAYFAIR recently opened an office in Athens, Greece. For more information contact PLAYFAIR on (02) 9233 8899 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A massive congratulations to Adriana Mercado, solicitor and registered migration agent, who was awarded the 2017 John Gibson AM Award for the Young Migration Lawyer of the Year and Emma Damm, who was recognized as a finalist. The award is presented to a lawyer with less than five years’ post admission experience, who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of migration law in Australia or internationally.
More about Adriana Mercado
Adriana Mercado was born in El Salvador. Together with her family, she travelled to Australia as a refugee. Experiencing forced migration first hand has given Adriana a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges asylum seekers face.
Now a RSD Team Leader at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea, Adriana has extensive experience assisting vulnerable people in challenging environments.
Adriana is an alumna of the University of Western Sydney, where she completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication. While at UWS, Adriana received the Lamrocks Award for the Most Outstanding Student in Advance Torts and Civil Wrongs 2011 for her opinion piece on refugees. A paper that explored the semantics that surround an increasingly politicised issue.
Her other achievements include being a finalist for the 2016 Young Migration Lawyer of the year award, as well as a Co-Founder and Director of the AMB foundation. The purpose of which is to assist asylum seekers unable to meet the practical costs of tertiary education.
Adriana and Emma’s Contributions to Migration Law in Australia
Given the award commemorates, John Gibson AM – one of Australia’s most admired advocates in this field, whose work tirelessly promoted the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers. It is fitting that both Adriana and Emma have been recognized for this achievement. As both provide assistance to some of the most vulnerable and traumatized asylum seekers under the Australian Government’s PAIS program, as well as working as Claim Assistance Providers at the Manus Island IDC in Papua New Guinea.
We are immensely proud to see two of our team members recognized for their outstanding achievements on a national stage.
Great to see Marina Brizar, our multi-award winning Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent and Head of Corporates, represented as a panellist at the Rising Star event organised by the Women Lawyers Association of NSW. Continue Reading…
Plus, Backchat reporters Max Chalmers and Serge Negus explore our asylum seeker system further.
A Refugee Week event organised by two Sydney immigration lawyers has raised about $9,000 for SSI’s Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative.
The fund-raising event organised by Adriana Mercado and Marina Brizar, of Playfair Visa and Migration Services, featured a photo exhibition of former refugees who now live in Australia, as well as speeches, drinks and canapés.
The Law Council of Australia has awarded Ms Marina Brizar the 2015 John Gibson AM Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year.
Chair of the International Law Section of the Law Council’s Migration Law Committee, Mr Erskine Rodan OAM, said that despite Ms Brizar’s youth, she has already made a significant contribution to the field of migration law.
We welcome the opportunity to provide the following comments to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills as well as the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee as part of their inquiry into the provisions of the Law Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014.