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Students Face Language and Cultural Barriers in Immigration Cases
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Students also need to grapple with, often for the first time, the extreme poverty and muddled complexities of their clients'lives. One of Chuang's clients was living in a car for a time. Drawing a line between legal representation and social work was difficult, and Paoletti guides the students in setting appropriate boundaries. "This is not unique to the Transnational Legal Clinic, but is a recurring issue when representing the poor," says Paoletti. "The students always struggle with determinations of the scope of their representation and defining their role in the relationship with the client.... Our clients can appear more vulnerable, more in need they are in foreign country; they have less access to services; they likely have undergone some trauma. There often is a desire to take care of them."
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