For more than two decades, Kon has worked with marginalised communities as a lawyer, advocate, social worker and teacher. In 2001, inspired by the struggles of his parents and his own childhood experiences of racism, Kon founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).
The ASRC began as a TAFE project in 2001, when Kon, then a teacher, discovered that asylum seekers were living in the community with virtually no basic support. This lead to the creation of a student-run and community funded Foodbank, which was launched from a tiny shop in Footscray with only a few boxes of food. That same year, the ASRC was established on June 8th, 2001.
From these humble beginnings, the ASRC has grown to become the largest non-federally funded provider of aid, advocacy, education, employment and health services for people seeking asylum in Australia. The organisation has assisted over 10,000 people seeking asylum through a range of holistic services that seek to protect people seeking asylum from persecution and destitution, support well-being and dignity and empower people and enable self-determination. This is achieved with a team of more than 1,300 dedicated volunteers and 80 paid staff.