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Monique Hurley joined the Human Rights Law Centre in November 2018 and works in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to call out racial injustice and demand a fairer legal system for everyone. She also advocates for governments to close prisons and works to hold governments accountable for the mistreatment of people behind bars.

Prior to working at the Human Rights Law Centre, Monique was a lawyer at WEstjustice, where she was embedded in a school to provide legal services and education to young people as part of an innovative education-justice project. Previously, Monique worked at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin and Katherine where she provided a wide range of civil law advice and representation to clients living in remote communities. Monique got her start as a lawyer working in the litigation practice at Clayton Utz and has also worked as an Associate to a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Monique has a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Monash University and a Master of Laws from Columbia University where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. She also credits much of her knowledge to the clients she has had the privilege of working alongside over the years. Outside her work at the Human Rights Law Centre, Monique sits on the Board of Youthlaw and is a former Deputy Chair of Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project.

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