Vicarious Trauma and Ethical Obligations for Attorneys Representing Immigrant Clients: A Call to Build Resilience Among the Immigration Bar
AILA Law Journal/April 2020, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 2
23 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 22, 2020
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.
Keywords: trauma, lawyering, resilience, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, burnout, ethics
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