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The Lived Experience and Voices of Immigration and Asylum At

The Lived Experience and Voices of Immigration and Asylum Attorneys: Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Vicarious Trauma, Secondary Stress, and Burnout
Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
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Program Fee:
Free for Members, Law Students, and Non-Lawyers | $15 Non-Members
Non-Lawyers please call Customer Relations at 212-382-6663 to register.  

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This program will examine the lived experience of immigration/asylum attorneys in navigating their own vicarious trauma, secondary stress, and burnout and in providing services to individuals or families seeking asylum. An interdisciplinary panel of speakers will share perspectives on their work in the field of trauma and trauma-informed care and engage in dialogues about best practices in responding to the needs of immigration/asylum attorneys. Discussions will be had about non-exploitative approaches for deepening understanding of immigration/asylum attorney trauma and burnout, as well as documenting the stories of such attorneys who wish to share their experiences. Panelist will also discuss lawyer assistance programs and other services available to support attorneys.

Mary Beth Morrissey
, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work


Francesca Acocella, Director Of Student Life, Cardozo School of Law
Danny Alicea, Litigation Supervisor, Immigration, Center for Family Representation
Gloria Chacon, Supervising Attorney at Immigrant Justice Corps.
Charles Figley, PhD, Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Distinguished Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work 
Rachel Goldsmith, LCSW-R, Director of Social Work, Civil Practice, The Legal Aid Society
Monica Indart, Psy.D, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
Hillary Mellinger, PhD, Assistant Professor within the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University  
Eileen Travis, Executive Director, Lawyer Assistance Program, New York City Bar Association 

Sponsoring Committee:
Immigration & Nationality Law, Danny Alicea, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Bioethical Issues, Anne Zimmerman, Chair

Lawyer Assistance Program, Priscilla Lundin, Chair
Mindfulness and Well-Being in Law, Lisa Podemski, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Divisions for Social Justice at American Psychological Association
Hospital, Health and Addiction Workers, Patients and Families, COVID Psychology Task Force, American Psychological Association
Immigration Committee, New York City Chapter of National Association of Social Workers
Interdivisional Task Force on the Pandemic, American Psychological Association
Refugee and ImMigrant Communities Working Group of the APA Interdivisional Task Force on COVID-19   


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