From left: 3L Jasmine Pope and her client Bessy.
Jasmine Pope, a 3L, published a post in the ImmigrationProf blog about her experience last semester representing Bessy, a transgender woman from El Salvador.
At first, Pope said, she was nervous about whether Bessy would like her and consider her a competent advocate. But Pope said she also began with the determination to do her best by her client, “a woman I had yet to meet, whose story I had yet to fully understand.”
As Pope got to know Bessy and delved deeper into her case, she said, she became afraid of what could happen: “The more confident I became in my knowledge of Bessy and asylum law, the more terrified I became that no matter how hard I worked and how deserving I believed my client to be, the system could work against us.”
Pope said her clinic…
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