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Legal Aid NSW lawyer honoured in humanitarian awards

2 Oct 2019

The Legal Aid NSW Refugee Service’s Nohara Odicho has received the 2019 NSW Humanitarian Award in the “community worker from a refugee background” category.

Ms Odicho received the award at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors 30th anniversary celebrations in Fairfield, in southwest Sydney, on September 20.
 
The Humanitarian Awards are held each year to acknowledge those who have made an outstanding positive contribution to supporting refugees in NSW.

Ms Odicho’s was recognised for her work as a community engagement officer in the Legal Aid NSW Refugee Service, and in particular, her work with young people and newly arrived refugees living in regional areas.
 
Legal Aid NSW CEO Brendan Thomas said the honour was well deserved.
 
“Nohara arrived in Australia as a Syrian refugee in 2015, when she was just 23,” Mr Thomas said.
 
“Since then she has drawn on her own experiences to support hundreds of other refugees who now call Australia home. She is a tireless advocate for people who have experienced significant trauma and persecution.
 
“Nohara has shown an incredible commitment to serving our community and breaking down barriers by helping refugees understand their rights and responsibilities under Australian law.
 
“Her resilience and personal strength are evident in the work she does for the Refugee Service and for refugee communities right around NSW.
 
“Colleagues report that many of the successes achieved by the service would not have been possible without Nohara’s insight, creativity and passion.”