You can help VALS amplify the voices of our clients and communities by donating at vals.org.au/donate.
VALS is 50 years old. We were established by community, for community.
We work with Aboriginal Communities to make sure they are listened to, so that decision-makers know what they need and can make positive changes.
Our people have faced many setbacks and challenges over the last 235 years, and we have no choice but to continue this struggle every day. But our allies do have a choice. We need you to choose to back us at every chance you have.
Your donations will support our services like:
- The Wirraway Police and Prison Accountability Practice which supports families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have died in custody to achieve justice for their loved one
- Baggarrook, our support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women transitioning out of prison
- Balit Ngulu, a service which advocates for the voice and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who have come into contact with the legal system.
Quotes Attributable to Nerita Waight, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service:
“Our people have never given up – that is why we are the oldest continuous culture on earth.”
“Over 235 years, many things have been taken from us and we have been denied many things. We have experienced so much heartbreak and trauma – but we have always had the strength to continue the struggle for justice.”
“Many people have spoken about wanting to empower Aboriginal communities in recent weeks and months. Those words need to continue to be backed by actions. I ask everyone who wants to support our people to donate to the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the many other Aboriginal organisations that have been giving voice to our people for many decades.”