ASST works to create a safe and supportive environment for all asylum seekers. We provide access to information, services and resources so asylum seekers may effectively pursue the determination of their refugee status, and thrive in their new home.
Our ASST track record for 2014-15 speaks for itself:
- Housing more than 44 people, including families
- Advocating for approximately 106 people in a variety of situations
- Helping resettle 27 people and their families who had their refugee status confirmed
- Consulting with Immigration NZ and the refugee sector.
We began in 1989 as the Auckland Refugee Council Inc (ARCI).
We saw the plight of people who sought asylum, families who had escaped life-threatening danger and were desperate for a safe haven. Asylum seekers.
They got no help or support while they waited to be granted refugee status. They had nowhere to go and no-one to speak for them.
We saw this neglect, and through advocacy and support, we offered them something better. In 2015 we changed our name to the Asylum Seeker Support Trust (ASST), a division of the ARCI, but we still do the same job we've done for more than 25 years – advocating for and supporting asylum seekers, and lobbying for their rights.