The way the media portrays the Muslim community was one of the main concerns of men from Afghanistan who recently attended a consultation with staff from the Anti-Discrimination Board.
The men were senior Hazargi and Dari speakers who met to discuss issues affecting their community and what the Board can do to help. Board staff discussed the concept of discrimination and rights and responsibliities under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, and how to address urgent problems relating to jobs and housing. All agreed that ongoing engagement will assist the men to address any discrimination and vilification they experience.
The Board worked in collaboration the STARTTS, the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, to organise the consultation.
STARTTS is a specialist non-profit organsation with many years' experience in providing culturally appropriate psychological treatment and support to help people deal with past trauma and build lives in Australia. They also provide resources for other agencies that work with refugees.
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