Asylum Seekers

Meet Sana, a young woman from Somalia asking for asylum in France, and Hogan Lovells partner Katia Merlini making acquaintance in an emergency shelter.

Partner Katia Merlini has an appointment outside the office, only a couple of minutes by taxi away from her workplace but in a totally unusual setting: a former Citroën factory now shelter for asylum seekers and homeless people. Her client is Sana, a young woman from Somalia, stuck in France asking so far unsuccessfully for asylum. 

Their meeting, which is part of the pro bono project called "Legal Clinic," is encouraging for one and thought-provoking for the other. Two people have made acquaintance who live and work almost next door to each other but whose paths would have hardly crossed otherwise.

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A Journey to Social Engagement