Alumni

The Diplomacy Training Program has over 2500 alumni (past course participants) across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. 

These alumni work for human rights in many different ways. In the 25 years since DTP began, its Alumni have helped create much positive change in human rights across the region. In addition to their work on individual issues and cases, their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise in frontline human rights issues with each other, their organisations, their communities and with academics across the region, has resulted in a multiplying effect in terms of building the capacity of others and advancing human rights in the region.

DTP’s alumni have become one of DTP’s most valuable resources. Increasingly, they are in positions to act as program hosts, partners, facilitators and trainers in DTP programs.

DTP actively encourages and facilitates contact between its alumni through emails, social networks and through meetings and refresher training sessions.  What began as an informal contact group has now grown into a self-sustaining network where personal experiences are shared, ideas exchanged, advice offered and received and ongoing mutual support provided. The Indigenous Human Rights Network of Australia has been formed largely by DTP alumni.

DTP keeps in touch with its alumni through a regular monthly e-newsletter which in conjunction with the DTP website, provides information on new resources on human rights and advocacy, human rights developments across the region, UN activities, information on training, and job opportunities.It also provides opportunities for alumni to disseminate information and request support from other alumni. The e-newsletter goes to approximately 4500 email addresses across the region.

DTP is committed to engaging with its alumni and responding flexibly to the changing context for its work in Australia and the region. DTP's alumni are active in the following areas:

  • protecting Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • conflict resolution in land issues
  • limiting the negative impacts of corporations
  • addressing housing rights violations & evictions
  • supporting communities affected by mining
  • demanding compensation for mega dams
  • protecting migrant workers
  • combating racism and discrimination against women
  • establishing constitutional protection of human rights
  • eliminating poverty
  • working towards peace and democracy
  • helping victims of conflict
  • seeking redress for victims of human rights violations
  • advocating for the release of political prisoners
  • helping victims of torture and preventing torture
  • protecting vulnerable children
  • lobbying for the right to education
  • working to help vulnerable women domestic workers
  • advocating for persons with disabilities
  • protecting vulnerable groups including those with HIV/AIDS
  • working to abolish the death penalty