In this edition of our Meet our Intern series, say hi to Seojin Park, a second year Columbia Law School student who worked at PathFinders for 10 weeks over the summer. Seojin saw first hand the resilience and love beneficiaries had for their babies and, in her capacity as an Access to Justice Intern, participated in a range of events including PathFinders’ weekly Open Legal Clinic and Case Manager meetings. She also helped draft petitions for visa extensions and complaints for employment-related administrative agencies.
Seojin hopes to see the world become a safer place for women and children. With the number of economic migrants rising, she hopes that societies have more robust social safety nets in place.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM THIS INTERNSHIP?
The legal advocacy skill I learned from PathFinders is only a small part. From the very first day, I learned how foreign domestic workers live in Hong Kong and how many hurdles they have to overcome in Hong Kong. Despite the challenges PathFinders clients face, their resilience and love for their babies inspired me on a daily basis. While some injustices that ordinary citizens inflict on their domestic workers was upsetting to learn about, PathFinders’ work, staff, and its clients reminded me of what is beautiful in this world we live in.
WHAT ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN PARTICIPATING IN?
I accompanied my clients to various administrative meetings at the Equal Opportunities Commission, the labour department, and the immigration department to name a few.
Often, I drafted petitions for visa extensions and complaints for employment-related administrative agencies. To gather information, I sometimes messaged with clients who were abroad. On other occasions, I met clients in person and received their direct input in working on these activities.
Lastly, I participated in a host of other events at PathFinders from weekly Open Legal Clinics, monthly case managers meetings, to informational lunches with other NGOs from Hong Kong and around the world.
WHAT KIND OF CHANGE IN SOCIETY DO YOU HOPE FOR?
I want the world to be a safer place for women and children. As there are more and more economic migrants, I also hope that societies have more robust social safety nets for migrants. I hope for a society where citizens appreciate democratic values and equality of all people.
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