"Sophie Trevitt, a remarkable advocate for social justice, died on 27 July 2023
at the age of 32.
Born into a medical family in Boggabri, New South Wales, Sophie studied arts
and law at the University of Sydney and brought her fierce intelligence to
campaigns for climate action.
She moved to Canberra in 2013 to work for the Greens, first on an election
campaign and then for federal leaders Christine Milne and Richard Di Natale,
and as chief of staff for ACT Greens minister, Shane Rattenbury.
While working as a political staffer, she completed her juris doctor at ANU and
was admitted to the bar. Sophie then turned to fighting systemic injustice in
the criminal justice system, alongside Aboriginal communities in particular,
trying to get children out of prison.
Early in her career she spent time in Arnhem Land working with local women to
combat domestic violence. Later, as a civil solicitor with the North Australian
Aboriginal Justice Agency in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Sophie said: “I have
never witnessed anything crueller than [when] working as a lawyer for children
This experience fired Sophie’s tenacious advocacy for the rights of
incarcerated Indigenous children and those at risk of incarceration.
As the executive officer of Change the Record and ACT co-chair of Australian
Lawyers for Human Rights, Sophie spearheaded the campaign to raise the age of
criminal responsibility, from as young as 10 years old – as it had been in
every state and territory – to at least 14."
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