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

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Lindsay Muir Harris

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Hannah Cartwright

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Liana Montecinos

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anam Rahman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 22, 2020

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.

Keywords: trauma, lawyering, resilience, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, burnout, ethics

Suggested Citation

Harris, Lindsay M and Cartwright, Hannah and Montecinos, Liana and Rahman, Anam, Vicarious Trauma and Ethical Obligations for Attorneys Representing Immigrant Clients: A Call to Build Resilience Among the Immigration Bar (April 22, 2020). AILA Law Journal/April 2020, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3832077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3832077

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Hannah Cartwright

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Liana Montecinos

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Anam Rahman

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