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Child Migrants and Stolen Generations

Abuse of Child Migrants

RCT Law can assist survivors with claims involving abuse as child migrants, and has done so for many years.

Child migrants or “home children” were illegally and forcibly sent to Australia under assisted child migration schemes, mostly from the United Kingdom and some also from Malta. Many still had families but were told they didn't.

Over 7,000 children migrated to Australia, more than half in the years following WWII. Sadly only about 2,000 are still alive today. Child migrants were often raised in orphanages and “care”. Far away from their place of origin, many child migrants were vulnerable and suffered horrific abuse.

On November 16th 2009, the Australian Government delivered a National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

Stolen Generations Abuse

RCT Law can assist survivors with claims for members of the “Stolen Generations” of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were forcibly removed from their families and communities by Australian and State Governments, and has done so for many years.

The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families estimated that between one in three and one in ten Indigenous children were forcibly removed between about 1910 until 1970.

Many of our Stolen Generations clients describe abuse in residential institutions and in out of home care. In addition to suffering physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, members of the Stolen Generations also often suffered racial and cultural abuse.

We offer culturally appropriate legal services to our clients who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

If you have been a victim of abuse or know of someone who has, please call us on 1300 366 441 or find us at an office near you.

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