Pursuing a Passion for Justice
Refugee law and policy has been a long-time passion for Melbourne lawyer Emily Fischer and one she has pursued through volunteer work, internships and advocacy work. Emily joined us as a law graduate in 2016 and spent seven months this year on secondment to our long-term pro bono client, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS).
Emily worked with the Legal Help for Refugees Clinic assisting asylum seekers to apply for protection visas, and also at Outreach, RACS' drop-in advice service in western Sydney. She also worked with the 'Primary Application Information Service' team, which provides casework support to clients through a government-funded service.
Emily found the work challenging and emotionally taxing but also extremely rewarding: 'I highly recommend the secondment to lawyers who are interested in refugee law and policy and want a chance to work fairly autonomously with an amazing team of lawyers, staff and volunteers.' The RACS secondment is offered to a rotating lawyer for six months each year.