In this Meet our Intern edition, say hi to Amy Li! Amy is a Journalism and Communications student at CUHK and was recently with PathFinders for 6 weeks supporting the Access to Justice team.
Amy loved how unique her internship was and how she was able to participate in so many different events and gain a deeper understanding of individual client’s cases. She fondly recalls how one client told her that PathFinders’ support empowers her. Amy hopes to see more respect and less judgement towards FDWs in society.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM THIS INTERNSHIP?
My 6-week internship journey in PathFinders was amazing. As a non-law major student, it was not easy to read through legal cases, submission papers, etc. Luckily, the team was very supportive and willing to explain how things work. I explored issues of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and their children from a broader perspective. In the past, my understanding towards them was through the media. It was definitely bias. Hence, I am grateful to have been a part of PathFinder’ team.
Second, I learnt the importance of accuracy from this internship. I helped draft several case notes and summaries after meetings and court hearings. As lawyers, use of specific wordings matter. A high standard of accuracy at PathFinders encouraged me to be a detail-oriented person, which definitely helped in my studies.
WHAT ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN PARTICIPATING IN?
During my time at PathFinders, I accompanied clients to the Immigration Department, Equal Opportunities Commission, Legal Aid Department, etc. It’s difficult for clients to visit various departments by themselves as they may face language barriers and complicated processes. I understood the complexity and clients’ concerns. This provided me with opportunities to chat with clients and understand their situations. The weekly Open Legal Clinic meetings that the A2J team holds enhanced my understandings on different cases and how the team respond accordingly.
A memorable task involved discussing a client’s situation with counsels from the Equal Opportunities Commission during a meeting and after a court hearing. Since I was the only representative from PathFinders, I needed to be extremely aware of the progress of everything. The legal terminology was difficult to gauge and I needed to ask counsel for clarification. It was exciting and challenging at the same time. I realised how preparation such as reading relevant documents matters.
The uniqueness of working as an intern here was that I participated in events run by other working groups too. Going to a “high tea” session and shelter meeting led by Case Managers allowed me to interact with different clients. I remembered clients designed cards and took some photos to celebrate Mothers’ Day in May. They talked about their love for kids and babies. They also mentioned how PathFinders empowered them. I was deeply moved because of their sincerity and love towards their beloved ones.
WHAT KIND OF CHANGE IN SOCIETY DO YOU HOPE FOR?
Respect. FDWs come to Hong Kong for job opportunities. They deserve people’s respect. I wish people could be less judgmental of FDWs. Rights of the most vulnerable children should be considered as well in long term policy setting.