Apr 21, 2022
Lorraine Finlay
Human Rights: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

Former member of Canberra Sunrise - about 15 years ago.  Lorraine Finlay is the Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, commencing in this position in November 2021.   In this role Lorraine has particular responsibility for protecting and promoting fundamental rights and freedom of speech, religion, movement and association.  She also leads the work of the Commission in areas including business & human rights, asylum seekers and refugees, and modern slavery.  Prior to joining the Commission, Lorraine has worked as a lawyer and academic specializing in human rights and public law.  Her past roles have included working as the Senior Human Trafficking Specialist with the Australian Mission to ASEAN, a law academic at Murdoch University, and a State Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA).  Lorraine holds a dual master's in law from New York University and the National University of Singapore where she studied as a Singapore Scholar.  Lorraine was a member of the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise from 2006-2008 when she previously lived in Canberra.  PE Margaret Atkin made contact with Lorraine again.