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Date posted: 19 April 2012
A young Indigenous woman has forged a career for herself with Corrective Services New South Wales (CSNSW), working in a role overseeing staff and inmate policy and systems.
Sam Alexander, a Darug woman from Emu Plains in Western Sydney, knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the criminal justice or prison system. After enrolling in a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, she persistently applied for Indigenous cadetships at CSNSW until offered a position in the Aboriginal Support and Planning Unit, where she enjoys helping people and finds her work 'amazing'.
Ms Alexander has also had to overcome disadvantage in the form of vision impairment to work in her current role. She has macular dystrophy, an eye condition that can lead to blindness. Despite this, she is determined to continue working with CSNSW, and says that her current role has even inspired her to learn to use a cane. Previously resistant, she now says she has a reason to use it, and that it's helped her gain independence and confidence.
Ms Alexander is passionate about addressing the inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as rights for people with disabilities, and plans to continue working in the justice system to facilitate change.
Source: National Indigenous Times
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