My name is Kaleesha. I am 24, and I am a proud Gumbaynggirr and Kulkalgal woman. I was born and raised on my mother’s country in the Clarence Valley by the Northern Rivers of NSW but I have been living on Gadigal/Tharawal country for the past eight years.
I love a lot of things, first and foremost my family and country. I also love poetry, art, travelling, neo-soul/jazz music and learning languages.
I have been working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice for the past eight years. I study arts/law at UNSW and currently work with Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC). KLC is a community legal centre providing free legal advice to our local communities, and clinical legal education to UNSW law students. Outside of that, I am a youth ambassador for the Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal young people NSW Campaign, an organisation which lobbies for various reforms in the criminal justice system and most importantly, stands for reducing Aboriginal incarceration rates and building Aboriginal community empowerment and self-determination.