Monday, December 7, 2020

Immigration Article of the Day: Vicarious Trauma and Ethical Obligations for Attorneys Representing Immigrant Clients: A Call to Build Resilience Among the Immigration Bar by Hannah C. Cartwright, Lindsay M. Harris, Liana Montecinos, & Anam Rahman

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Vicarious Trauma and Ethical Obligations for Attorneys Representing Immigrant Clients: A Call to Build Resilience Among the Immigration Bar by Hannah C. Cartwright, Lindsay M. Harris, Liana Montecinos, & Anam Rahman, AILA Law Journal (2020). The article is just 14 pages long and jam-packed with goodness. Here's the abstract:

This article analyzes the ethical obligations for attorneys representing immigrant clients and the consequences of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout for the immigration bar and immigrant clients. The authors identify barriers for immigration attorneys in preventing, recognizing, and responding to vicarious trauma in themselves and colleagues and suggest practical ways that the immigration bar can and should seek to build resilience.

Obviously, it's a great assignment for immigration clinics. It borders on mandatory reading.

Less obviously, I'm thinking about recommending the piece to my Immigration and Crimmigration students who frequently raise concerns about the trauma they experience just taking my classes. I would certainly like them to cultivate resilience and not dismiss the wonderful opportunities for a career in this field.

-KitJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2020/12/immigration-article-of-the-day-vicarious-trauma-and-ethical-obligations-for-attorneys-representing-i.html

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