Sasha is a Torres Strait Islander woman and lawyer. She has been awarded a AAA-Aurora Indigenous and Fulbright Scholarship, and is a Roberta Sykes Scholar and is undertaking a Master of Laws at New York University.
Sasha graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of International Relations in 2009, followed by a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology. She was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2016. Sasha's strong academic record is reflected in her social justice research particularly that of Indigenous and multicultural affairs, which garnered an essay prize in 2015 at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium International Indigenous Research Conference. She has practiced in the area of foreign affairs, Indigenous Australian policy, police prosecutions and has worked as a litigation lawyer with the Director of Child Protection Litigation.
She is currently a Delegate with the United Nations Association of Australia and a Researcher (Qualitative & Investigative) with the University of Queensland.
Upon completion of the LLM program Sasha's intention is to complete her PhD focusing on research relating to climate change and patterns of gendered violence whilst continuing to advocate at the United Nations.
Fulbright Scholars aim for impact, Queensland University of Technology, February 2020
This scholarship is the next step in my goal to advocate for the rights of Indigenous people... To do this I need to become an expert in Indigenous human rights and be in a position to influence change utilising the United Nations as one of my key platforms.