We recently wrote to you about maintenance worker Jayson*, who contacted Doctors for Refugees fearful for the life Mohsen*, a detainee on Manus Island.
Mohsen was slowly deteriorating due to a potentially fatal heart condition and without appropriate care reaching him soon, he would die.
Jayson reached out to us and in doing so he undoubtably saved the man’s life. But he also put himself in jeopardy. By alerting us to Mohsen’s condition, Jayson risked everything – his job, his livelihood, even prosecution.
Remember, under the gagging section of the Border Force Act individuals including teachers, social workers and other guardians, can face up to two years in prison if they speak out about medical negligence in offshore detention.
The Border Force Act is draconian and dangerous.Whilst this law remains in place, lives are at risk.We have already won the first battle by winning an exemption for health professionals, but we still have work to do. For people like Jayson, the act of reporting medical negligence still comes ata great personal risk.
We urgently need your supportso we can continue our legal challenge to the Border Force Act. We want to see other professionals removed from the gag order and protect those willing to speak out from intimidation and prosecution.
We have already shown that we are a powerful collective voice in the campaign to change the Border Force Act. We need urgent funding to cover travel and other expenses involved in our ongoing legal action. If you believe that people shouldn’t be prosecuted for revealing health concerns they have about people in immigration detention, please donate today.
The dedicated doctors and other professionals at Doctors for Refugees volunteer several hours of their time every day to protect individuals held in offshore detention.
We can’t do this without your support.
Together, another amendment to the Border Force Act is possible in 2017.