Aimee Chaffer is a Trainer at STARTTS. Aimee began her career as a volunteer caseworker at Amnesty International, and then moved to the community detention program at the Red Cross. Following this, she spent three years at the Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House in both the case manager, and the senior case manager roles. These roles in the forced migration sector provided Aimee with a breadth of knowledge and experience supporting people through the difficult processes of applying for visas and then settlement once a visa was granted, or upon arrival in Australia. She was involved in assessing the needs of people exiting detention and escaping trafficking and slavery situations, providing referrals to a range of services, assessing mental health concerns and working collaboratively with mental health professionals and advocating for clients in a range of circumstances.
Aimee then moved into the role of Domestic Violence Prevention Worker at The Benevolent Society’s Centre for Women’s, Children’s and Family Health in Campbelltown where she provided training to a wide range of organisations about recognising and preventing domestic and family violence.
A training role at the Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) followed, where Aimee trained volunteers, police and workers about cognitive impairment and the criminal justice system, supported clients with cognitive impairments through the criminal justice process and facilitated education sessions for people with cognitive impairments about their rights.
Aimee holds a Bachelor of Community Welfare (International Social Development) a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) and a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy. She is currently completing a Juris Doctor at UNSW.