Meet PathFinders’ Access to Justice volunteers

Vivian Yeung, law student at HKU and legal intern

Why PathFinders?
I’ve always felt a deep appreciation for the migrant workers who leave their own counties behind to help us out here in HK and without whom the city would not be anywhere near as vibrant as it is today. Yet there is not nearly enough support for these workers when they are at their most vulnerable. I felt PathFinders would be the ideal organisation to contribute my skills as a law student – and everyone here seemed so friendly and welcoming.

Can you tell us about your role with PathFinders?
I joined the Access for Justice team at PathFinders as part of a human rights course I was taking at HKU. I had two roles: first, to design and teach four interactive lessons on street law to migrant mothers, and secondly, to help out at the PathFinders office every week on various client matters.

What have you gained from the experience?
As I frequently took part in client meetings, I was able to hear the stories of each individual and chat with them, which was entirely different from just learning about their situation from the news and case files. This helped me understand the substantive issues they faced.

In designing and teaching lessons, I realised the importance of distilling complicated legal concepts into easily understandable and interesting games and activities that everyone would remember. Seeing the adorable children of our clients and class participants is a plus!

Can you tell us about your proudest moment or happiest memory at PathFinders?
I’ll always remember one moment from when our final Street Law lesson ended. One of the participants, who had attended every single class, thanked us for teaching legal concepts that they otherwise would not have learned in their hometown, or even in Hong Kong. Holding her baby, she said she came to these classes because she wanted to be able to teach her child about law eventually. We were extremely touched, because she had inadvertently outlined exactly our aims – to empower migrant mothers with knowledge and for them to pass it on.

 

Malin Emilson, lawyer and legal volunteer

Why PathFinders?
Being a mother myself, my first priority is always the well being of children, not only my own. All children deserve a chance to grow up in a healthy and safe environment. Pathfinders is unique to me in that perspective, we focus on the most vulnerable children and their mothers.

What have you gained from the experience?
I have gained a deepened understanding of the struggles and very difficult live situation of many migrant children and their mothers and that Pathfinders determined work is making a difference for many. We do not give up.

Can you tell us about your proudest moment or happiest memory at PathFinders?
Connecting with people from different walks of life is amazing. Mothers, lawyers, children, volunteers, we all matter and every meeting is deeply touching and important.


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