Damian Griffis is a descendant of the Worimi people of the Manning Valley in NSW. He is a leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. Damian has been a central figure in the establishment of both the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW and the national organisation representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities and their families – the First Peoples Disability Network. Damian represents FPDN at regional, national and international forums.
In 2014, he won the Tony Fitzgerald (Community Individual) Memorial Award at the Australian Human Rights Awards. Damian is currently Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign, which advocates to shift policies, laws, practices resourcing and attitudes towards the imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.