Who we are

The Migrant Workers Centre team is here to help you understand your rights at work.

We want to make sure you know your rights and empower you to enforce them.

Together, we speak a few different languages, to make sure you can find someone to talk to
(English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Tamil, Korean, Arabic).


Matt Kunkel is the director of the Migrant Workers Centre.
Organiser for a long time at United Voice, he has years of experience working with migrant workers.


Sherry Huang is an organiser at the Migrant Workers Centre. She has also worked as a researcher for ABC Four Corners, Deakin University. In January 2013 she started her PhD at RMIT University. Sherry founded T-WHY, a digital information service for young Taiwanese people working in Australia, in 2014. Since 2015, T-WHY has collaborated with Korean and Hong Kong communities, and formed United WHY.


Gabriel Dain is a project organiser at the Migrant Workers Centre. He has years of experience working for United Voice. He has been involved in different progressive movements including climate action. At the MWC, he is the project manager of the Multicultural Safety Ambassadors Program. 


Wallace Huang is an organiser at the Migrant Workers Centre. He has a deep knowledge in industrial relations and he delivers workplace rights training to communities across Victoria.


Hyeseon Jeong
is a research and policy officer. Her expertise lies in analysing labour implications of migration policies. She is responsible for developing policy recommendations and community projects for organising migrant workers. She has a PhD in political geography and conducts research on the intersections of migration and development.


Lavanya Thavaraja is an organiser at the Migrant Workers Centre. She has extensive experience working with refugees. She organises workers in the manufacturing industry and initiated the migrant workers solidarity network in Victoria. Lavanya is the founder of the Tamil Workers Council. 


Husain ALQatari is an organiser at the Migrant Workers Centre. He is a human rights activist and a former National Union of Workers (NUW) delegate at Chemist Warehouse, Preston. He helped increased the union member density at his Chemist Warehouse site by 70% by supporting workers from all backgrounds. As an OHS representative, he has a good understanding of the OHS act. He also delivers educational sessions about workplace rights to communities across Victoria.

Ella Shi is the digital and communications organiser at the Migrant Workers Centre. She comes from a background in community organising, and digital and online campaigning in the NGO sector. She was also formerly an Australian Services Union delegate.