Migrant justice

As many from our community come from migrant backgrounds and are all too familiar with histories of persecution and fleeing, the rights of refugees to live in safety is something we are passionate about.  Australia has an abhorrent track record of treatment of asylum seekers, for which it has been internationally condemned. We demand a fair, just and compassionate response to refugees seeking asylum.

AJDS Pesach Haggadah

“The festival of Passover celebrates freedom and liberation. We are here today honouring a millennia long tradition which bounds us to history, culture, ritual and lore. Today we have brought our Seder table and Haggadot to Border Force. To the very offices responsible for the cruel treatment of asylum seekers whos’ only crime was to seek safety in Australia.”


Action Archive

Pesach seder action at border force. April 2019

Placing thousands of shoes at border force and Department of Immigration. August 2017 in Melbourne and Sydney.

Media release

Social justice sit-in at Josh Frydenberg’s office. Nov 2017.

Shabbat shut down of border force, rading Hannah Arrendt’s ‘on the banality of evil.’

Nov 2017

From the blog


Pesach Seder for Freedom 5779

This year (2019/5779) the Australian Jewish Democratic Society hosted a community Pesach Seder outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Pesach Seder for

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How can we work towards refugee and asylum-seeker rights while acknowledging Aboriginal sovereignty?

Migrant Justice in Settler-Colonial Australia (published in Arena)

Shen Narayanasamy of No Business In Abuse at the AJDS 2015 annual dinner.


The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is receiving Australian donations to support private sponsorship to Canada for refugees who were detained on Manus Island and Nauru