Paz Roman (she/her) is a Trainer and Bicultural Lived Experience Support Officer at STARTTS. Paz arrived with her family to Australia as a child refugee and has over 15 years of experience working in the Community Services Sector. Paz is an experienced Case Manager who has worked in roles across the Disability, Youth, Mental Health, LGBTQI, and alcohol and other drugs support sectors. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Sciences (Counselling) in 2012, she commenced working as a Refugee Settlement Case Manager supporting newly arrived asylum seekers after spending time on offshore detention centres in Manus Island, Christmas Island and Nauru.
Paz is a strong activist for people seeking asylum and women and children at risk of violence. She has worked on campaigns with the Sydney Alliance ‘People Seeking Asylum’ team which was instrumental in achieving Opal Card concession rates and access to free Smart and Skilled courses for people seeking asylum living in NSW.
Paz has always been passionate about supporting refugees and championing them as the experts of their own lives, and at the centre of their own decision making, particularly in the context of healing from trauma.
Alongside her trainer role at STARTTS, Paz works in the Mental Health Community Living Support for Refugees team supporting bicultural support workers with a lived experience who are at the frontline of supporting refugees and people seeking asylum with their mental health recovery.