Trina graduated with a Bachelor of Justice Studies (Critical Criminology) in 2003 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2010 from the Queensland University of Technology (“QUT”). While working as a public servant, Trina obtained her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from QUT in 2011. Trina has extensive legal experience in advocacy and litigation, predominately in human rights and legal matters relating to children and young people in the child protection system and adults with impaired capacity. Trina’s extensive public service experience includes appearances in court proceedings before the Childrens Court in Beenleigh, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Far North Queensland, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Mental Health Review Tribunal, Mental Health Court, Magistrates Court, Queensland Human Rights Commission, as well as, involvement in matters in the District and Supreme Courts.
Trina’s Christian faith and passion for serving others includes volunteering as a youth leader and Sunday School teacher for the Logan City Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Australia Inc. Trina is also one of the founding members for the Pasifika Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc (“PLAQ”), which is a multicultural Association of Pacific Island lawyers, law students, legal or justice professionals in the Queensland diaspora. Trina was previously the PLAQ’s treasurer for several years and was recently appointed as President for PLAQ late last year. Trina is also a co-founder of Pasefika Autism Village Support Group (PAVSG) which is currently operating in Queensland (Qld) and New South Wales (NSW) with the goal of expanding across Australia.
Trina is also a strong advocate for the recognition of human rights, particularly for children with special needs. Trina is blessed with 2 amazing autistic blessings. Her 9 year old nephew Leviticus, an autistic non verbal amazing little human who inspires her to do better because he can, and his 4 year old sister Hadassah who inspires her to not allow the world to define how loud she can be.