Sasha Purcell is Torres Strait Islander human rights lawyer, Fulbright Scholar and NYU Human Rights Scholar in the climate change program. In 2021, she was awarded National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.
Sasha has worked and practiced in the area of foreign affairs, police prosecutions (criminal and domestic violence law), child protection litigation and is a doctoral PhD researcher in Indigenous human rights, climate change and international law. She was most recently asked to present as an expert panelist at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the topic of climate change, specifically in the Torres Strait Islands.
Sasha has taken the lead on a climate change research project within the Torres Strait Islands and has an interest in the preservation and advancement of Indigenous human rights. Sasha holds dual qualifications in law and international relations.