Aran Mylvaganam was born in Tamil Eelam, North-East of Sri Lanka. Between 1995 and 1997 he lived in a refugee camp in Udayarkaddu, before coming to Australia as a 13-year-old unaccompanied refugee in 1997. He was detained in Villawood detention centre for three months. In 2011 he founded the Tamil Refugee Council, and has campaigned tirelessly for refugee rights. Aran currently works as an Industrial advocate with the Finance Sector Union and spokesperson for the Tamil Refugee Council, and is a member of the Victorian Socialists.