Speakers Profile - Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts

Lawyer, Advocate of Human Rights, Indigenous peoples Rights, Children Rights. Speaker and Writer.

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Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, a proud Bundjalung Widubul-Wiabul Woman, is a Human Rights advocate, author, and writer with degrees in Law and Social Work. Author of the upcoming book "Long Yarn Shot," available for pre-order, Vanessa is renowned for her achievements. Vanessa has been globally recognized for her impactful work, receiving prestigious accolades such as the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2019. In 2023, she was appointed as the ACT's inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People Commissioner, focusing on safeguarding Indigenous children's rights.

Vanessa has delivered powerful speeches at esteemed venues across the world, including the NSW Art Gallery, the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Writers Festival, and international locations such as the UK, Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, and Lebanon. Her advocacy for decolonization and empowering Indigenous self-determination resonates globally.

Vanessa has written for the Guardian, Indigenous X, Junkie, and Victoria's Women Trust. She is a regular media contributor and advises on different political issues regarding issues affecting Indigenous people and Children.

Vanessa actively engages community, organisations and grassroots, all the way to corporate, government and Non-Government initiatives, she advocates against discrimination to uphold Indigenous rights. Drawing from her personal experiences as a survivor of Out of Home Care, she is dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world for all. Vanessa's commitment to amplifying children's voices and representing their interests showcases her unwavering dedication to the movement for justice and freedom.

Through her impactful messages of truth-telling, unity, and reimagining a better world, Vanessa inspires diverse communities worldwide, championing social justice and Indigenous rights.