Martin Hodgson is a Senior Advocate for Foreign Prisoner Support Service
with extensive experience, academic qualifications and knowledge of
International Politics, Middle Eastern Affairs and Death Penalty Issues.
Martin first worked in the human rights arena by acting as a liaison between refugee groups and political parties to further educate those in power on the issues facing those in detention and the matters that arise upon their release into the community. Having witnessed the many affects of incarceration, not only on those imprisoned, but also the families Martin gained an interest in those Australian's imprisoned overseas and through further research into all human beings unjustly imprisoned around the world.
'As I looked into the issue further, Foreign Prisoner Support Service became an invaluable resource to learn more about the people interned in foreign prisons and their families' says Martin.
Martin has worked extensively with Foreign Prisoner Support Service for a number of years, raising these issues with political parties, politicians and the media to further the interest of all parties. He commenced work on a number of cases, assisting the families, liasing with government agencies and working with lawyers in an effort to get the fairest possible outcomes for prisoners and their families. Martin has worked closely with Australian lawyer Stephen Kenny (former Australian lawyer of David Hicks) on the prominent case of Tallaal Adrey which was reduced from a death penalty case to a four year sentence.
Martin has also worked closely with many politicians such as Australian Senator Stott Despoja and Senator Bob Brown to have questions raised in the Parliament and Senate estimates committee on issues facing prisoners and their families. Martin has participated in numerous print, radio and television interviews both in Australia and in the United States, to ensure that the stories of those imprisoned overseas get told and the information is available to the public.
'Ultimately I deeply believe in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the essential importance that all receive a fair trial, are equal before the law and are treated humanely during their incarceration.'
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