Issue 15
Monday, 11 September 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic staff and interns (back, from left) Phillip Torrey, Jason Corral, CDU student Paul Larder, Jordana Arias, Nilce Maldonado, Andrea Meza; (front, from left) Ariana Lehrer, HIRC assistant director Sabi Ardalan, Roman Papademetriou
Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic staff and interns (back, from left) Phillip Torrey, Jason Corral, CDU student Paul Larder, Jordana Arias, Nilce Maldonado, Andrea Meza; (front, from left) Ariana Lehrer, HIRC assistant director Sabi Ardalan, Roman Papademetriou

Law student tackles refugee cases in US

By Ellie Turner

In the basement of a Boston restaurant, Paul Larder met an undocumented worker who was desperate to lodge an asylum application, having survived torture and persecution from a gang in his home country El Salvador.

“It was a sweltering day – I was sweating as I scribbled notes, listening to this man’s harrowing story,” Paul said. 

“We talked with him in the basement for three hours. He had left behind everything, including his family, and was terrified of being deported.”

Paul, who recently completed his law degree at Charles Darwin University with first class honours, has returned from a month-long internship at Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, in the United States.

“I am so inspired by the lawyers and professors I was working for, who take on clients pro bono from a desire for social justice,” he said.

Paul said he began working on cases from day one – including client liaison, filing documents with the court, research and providing legal advice – and was able to observe Immigration Court in session, dealing with first arrivals.

He said he worked closely with three fellow interns – one from New Jersey, and two from Israel – and enjoyed comparing Australian immigration law and policy with their countries.

Paul is the third CDU scholar to join the internship, which began after HIRC Deputy Director Professor Sabi Ardalan visited CDU in 2014.