Director of Survivor Empowerment , Freedom from torture
Kolbassia began his career in campaigning and advocating when he co-founded the Survivor Speak OUT (SSO) network, a network led by survivors, campaigning for survivors. After a short while running, SSO came under the umbrella of Freedom from Torture and Kolbassia found himself employed with Freedom from Torture as SSO Coordinator.
Kolbassia was and has been instrumental in building Freedom from Tortures’ survivor
activism and making sure survivors were centred in all aspects of the organisation.
After over 10 years of working at Freedom from Torture in the capacity of SSO Coordinator,
Service User Champion and acting Survivor Activism Lead, Kolbassia is now the department
head for the organisations newly founded Survivor Empowerment directorate.
In 2020 Kolbassia has received an MBE for service for torture and sexual violence survivors
in the New Year honour list.