I’ve learned many things being in my field and working with those involved in the legal system. I’ve learned about the overwhelming pressures of family that my clients face (even if they are the ones placing the expectation on themselves). I’ve learned about barriers. The continuous, multifaceted roadblocks that slow down and deter my clients from progressing.
The continuous, multifaceted roadblocks that slow down and deter my clients from progressing.
I’ve learned about community. The exploitating, oftentimes, life threatening spaces where the majority of my clients reside. I’ve learned the difference between an affirming and uplifting space that produces healthy conversations and debates versus one that encourages gaslighting. I’ve advocated within systems in an attempt to put forth a collaborative effort in hopes to strive for reconciliation. I’ve learned, at times, change needs a new environment.
I’ve learned, at times, change needs a new environment.
To my surprise and pain, I’ve learned very seldomly does change occur within the system, but one has to chip away at the outer layers and gain allies to cause disruption in the core. And only then can healing, truth, reconciliation, and transformation take place. I’ve found that attempting to change systems within that system may be consuming and even life threatening. Of all that I’ve learn, I know that there is even more that I do not know nor understand. One thing I do know is that fact will not deter me from lifting my voice for others.