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Mark Isaacs

Mark is a writer, a community worker, a campaigner for social justice, and an author. He assists the oppressed, the persecuted and the marginalised to tell their stories. He uses his writing, his photography and other styles of media to motivate people to be the change they want to see in the world.

Mark’s writing focuses on conflict and displacement. His first book, The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant, 2014), is an account of his work with asylum seekers in Nauru, one of Australia‚Äôs notorious offshore detention centres. His second book, Nauru Burning (Editia, 2016), follows up The Undesirables with an investigative report on human rights abuses on Nauru.

In 2017, Mark conducted an investigation into deportations to Afghanistan with the Edmund Rice Centre. The published report is called Responsibility to Protect and is available online for free download. Mark is currently writing another book for Hardie Grant about a nonviolent community group in Afghanistan.

He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, visiting and writing about the source countries of refugees which includes Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar. He has published articles with The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Sydney Morning Herald, Huffington Post, VICE, The Griffith Review and many more publications.

While Mark writes freelance, he also works as a community worker with asylum seekers living in Australian communities.

Mark is vice president of Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers which defends freedom of expression and campaigns on behalf of writers who have been silenced by persecution or imprisonment.

In 2017, Mark was awarded University of Technology Sydney’s Community Service Alumni Award.

Mark can prepare speeches by request or you can choose from the following list:

  • The Importance of Resisting Authority: How I Became A Whistleblower
  • The Human Stories of People Seeking Asylum: Stories of Resilience And What You Can Learn From Them
  • The Power of Community: Lessons From Relationship Building In Afghanistan

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