Lynette is an Australian qualified lawyer, and has worked with refugees and migrants in the Asia Pacific region since 2012. In her current position of Senior Legal Advisor/Partnership Manager at Justice Centre Hong Kong, she trains and leads teams of lawyers (including inhouse legal caseworkers, pro bono lawyers, and clinic students) to provide access to quality legal representation to refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in Hong Kong. She also consulted on Justice Centre’s advocacy strategies to advance access to legal aid and quality decision-making.
On behalf of Justice Centre, Lynette is also closely involved in the GRF Legal Community Pledge, where she has played a leading role in mobilising law firms and civil society organisations to commit resources to address the legal aid gap for refugees and forcibly displaced persons globally. Over the last year, she has supported the mapping of legal needs and resources and the creation of a matching portal, and is currently involved in the stakeholder consultation process to develop a local pilot project to target unmet legal needs in Thailand.
In a region as diverse as the Asia Pacific, Lynette strongly believes that the LAAWG has potential to play a key role in pulling together practitioners, experts (including experts by experience), and resources.