Paris Aristotle AO is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc., also known as Foundation House. Paris has over 30 years’ experience in the field of supporting refugees and asylum seekers, particularly the provision of services to survivors of torture and trauma. Throughout this period he has served on a wide range of state and federal government bodies advising on refugee and asylum seeker policy, and multicultural affairs.
In 2012 Paris was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers. He is currently the Chair of the Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC) and was Chair of the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD) between 2009 and 2018. He is also an executive member of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT).
In 2017 Paris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and named the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year. In the same year Paris was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from RMIT.
Paris is supported by the Foundation House Agency Management Team and Board of Management.
Click here to read “The human displacement challenge – understanding and framing our response to refugees and asylum seekers”, an address given by Paris Aristotle AM at the 1st Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma and Recovery Conference, Sydney, March 2017.