Racialised Policing

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre present

Public Forum: Racialized Policing: from Ferguson to Flemington 

Date:    Wednesday 25 March 2015

Time:     6.00pm - 7.30pm

Venue:  Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

RSVP:    castan.centre@monash.edu or 03 9905 3327

As the grassroots and legislative response to police shootings in the United States continues, Victoria Police is responding to community pressure with new anti-racial profiling training, policies and Australia's first receipting pilot.  Hear a range of experienced practitioners, researchers and community activists discuss these changes in the context of policing, state violence,  race and the ongoing criminalisation of young people of colour. 


Tamar Hopkins

Tamar is the Principal Solicitor at the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre and has focused on racial profiling and police accountability law and for the past 9 years. Experienced in civil litigation, discrimination law, human rights law, freedom of information, and criminal defence, Tamar was awarded a Victorian Law Foundation Fellowship to study police complaint mechanisms and strategies for providing remedies for victims of human rights abuse by police in the US, Canada and UK.  She has published numerous articles and reports on policing and human rights. In 2013 Tamar was a finalist for the Human Rights Law Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia.

Daniel Haile Michael & Maki Issa

For almost 10 years Daniel and Maki have been standing up for their communities and speaking out strongly  against racial discrimination since they experienced racial abuse and profiling in Flemington in 2005.  Maki and Daniel  were both lead applicants in the Federal Court Race Discrimination case which has resulted in significant commitments to change Victoria Police practices and policing of diverse communities.  Daniel was recognised as Most Inspiring Young African-Australian in 2013 by the African Australian Community Awards and is currently working with the agency Kids Off the Kerb and Maki is heavily involved the Flemington Theatre Group.   Maki and Daniel were joint recipients of the 2014 Youth Human Rights Medal.

Daniel and Maki will present findings from their Peer Advocacy Outreach project made possible by the 2014 Ben Bodna Award.

Charandev Singh

Charandev Singh is a human rights advocate, educator and paralegal who has, for 22 years, worked with community legal centres and grassroots social justice organisations in Vic, NSW, Qld and WA with a focus on systemic advocacy, campaigning, deaths in custody, family violence murders, racialised punishment and State violence and impunity.

Dr Claire Spivakovsky

Dr Claire Spivakovsky is a Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University and coordinates the second year unit, Race, Crime and Difference. Claire has worked in the community and government sectors, developing a range of social and criminal justice projects which advocated for the rights and needs of marginalized populations.  Claire's research explores how experiences of ‘difference' and criminal justice are mutually constructed. In particular, she considers how localised notions of being ‘different' - for example being racialised or living with a disability - are fundamental to the formation and orientation of criminal justice, and how criminal justice tools, technologies and logics propagate specific notions of being ‘different' for individuals to embody. Her first book in this area, Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice was published in April 2013 as part of Ashgate's Advances in Criminology Series

Chaired by Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor, Castan Centre Deputy Director.

Other panellists to be announced