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Deirdre M. Giblin

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Asylum Attorney

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
One West Street
Cambridge , Massachusetts 02139
United States

Company Description: The center serves 1,100 clients each year and benefits an additional 2,400 children and other family members. CLSACC serves victims of domestic violence and abused...   more

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Staff, 6 July 2015 [cached]
Deirdre Giblin Immigration Attorney
It's not typical for attorneys and ... [cached]
It's not typical for attorneys and mental health professionals to serve clients as a team, but lawyer Deirdre Giblin said she couldn't imagine handling her asylum and refugee cases-often involving incidents of trauma and torture-any other way. She is a part of an innovative program called the Refugee and Asylum Assistance Project (RAAP) at the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center in Cambridge, Mass., where lawyers and counselors team up to serve refugees.
Aside from the obvious benefit to the client of having a professional counselor available to help them deal with those emotions-mental health can also be critical from a legal perspective, Giblin said. A client's mental health is key in their ability to provide credible testimony, and credible testimony is critical to the success of their case, she said. "A lawyer in the field cannot be successful with their client unless they have some good mental health support," she said.
"We can't even think about having them prepare for a trial without their basic needs being met," Giblin said.
They also use volunteer interpreters, Giblin said. On the counseling side, about 23 mental health professionals volunteer to evaluate clients. These clients are able to be seen for ongoing counseling and treatment as needed, Rohani said. Clients come from about 35 different countries per year, and the mix of countries of origin typically changes based on which parts of the world are in turmoil. "There's about a six-month lag time from what you see on the news, and what you see in our door," Giblin said.
"It really helps the attorneys too, it doesn't just help clients," Giblin said.
MCLE | New England Books - Immigration Practice Manual, 6 Feb 2012 [cached]
Deirdre M. Giblin, Esq., Community Legal Services & Counseling Center, Cambridge
:: BBA Week - The Enewsletter of the Boston Bar Association ::, 8 Feb 2010 [cached]
Speakers: Deirdre Giblin of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center;
Deirdre M. Giblin, ..., 11 Mar 2007 [cached]
Deirdre M. Giblin, Esq.Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (Upcoming Programs)
DEIRDRE M. GIBLIN is a lawyer with the Asylum Representation Project (ARP) at the International Institute of Boston (IIB) specializing in representing asylum seekers and humanitarian immigration cases, and also works in IIB's immigration clinic.ARP serves hundreds of indigent and low-income asylum applicants and asylees each year, and the legal clinic advises over 2,000 low-income immigrants annually.Ms. Giblin earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1993 and is a recipient of the Parker School Award of Achievement in International and Foreign Law from Columbia Law School's human rights program.Ms. Giblin is a member of the Massachusetts and New York bars, Amnesty International's leadership circle, and is an asylum liaison for the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). (March 2006)
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