Lawyers

Lawyers

Being the lawyer of a human rights‘ activist who is imprisoned puts you in a complex position. You are not only representing the human rights‘ defender in political terms but take up multiple jobs: you communicate with family and possibly politics, you might be involved in organizing daily necessities, you might be confronted with media, and much more.

In this section, lawyers who have already dealt with such situations have documented their experiences. They share their insights and best practices and offer them to the readers and colleagues. All notes have their own background and history. And yet, they hopefully bring inspiration and ideas to you – on how to adjust them to your specific needs and circumstances.

CARING FOR CLIENTS

CARING FOR CLIENTS

Responding to the needs of detainees

Appreciation

Lawyers can help detainees not losing themselves

Emotional and physical distress of the detainee

Understanding the stress of the client, identifying traces of torture

Constant check for the needs of the detainees

Monitoring the well-being of our clients to empower them.

Visiting Strategies

Regular visits as first response

Empowerment and support

Objectives of the visits

Activating the detainees

Empowerment through shared tasks

Public and open letters

Creating attention and visibility

Contacting detainees to the outside

Establish contact between the clients and their families and friends

Innovative ways of support

Strategies for looking for gaps in the system

What to bring for the detainee

Transfer of books and more

Establishing personal work relations

Building empathy and care

Communication with Police and Guards

Polite but clearly enforcing one's rights

SELF-CARE FOR LAWYERS

SELF-CARE FOR LAWYERS

Caring for your own needs

Breaks. Breaks. Breaks.

Essentials for staying fresh

Justice first

Motivation despite non-functional legal systems

Fleeing into nature

Dealing with own emotions

Sports as part of self-care

Between swimming and yoga, theory and reality

Private life - social life

Caring for yourself by caring for your friends

Before you sleep

Removing the thoughts of work

CARE FOR YOUR TEAM

CARE FOR YOUR TEAM

Creating sustainability within your legal team

Team work

Advantages of working in legal teams

Work division and delegation

First team steps

Friendly work space

Creating energizing working conditions

Time management

Caring for our energies

WORKING WITH THE FAMILY OF THE DETAINEE

WORKING WITH THE FAMILY OF THE DETAINEE

Caring and communicating with families of your clients

Family contact is essential

Enabling uninterrupted family solidarity

First information to family

Who to inform after the first visit to the detainee

Family visits in prison

motivate to care in distress

Families: Don't lose hope!

Empowerment and self-care for the families

Appreciation

Family members felt cared for

Family communication

Transfer of letters and messages

Messages in and out

Handling letters, emails and other messages between the detainees and their families and friends

Trust

Knowing each other

WHAT TO COMMUNICATE ABOUT YOUR WORK

WHAT TO COMMUNICATE ABOUT YOUR WORK

What your clients, their families and supporters should know about your work.

Our pressures

Why we sometimes respond late ...

Our Challenges

What is complicating our work?

Hinderances

What keeps us from telling all this

Fast and correct responses needed

What challenges us sometimes: Difficult collaboration

Supportive campaigns

Pressurizing the authorities

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