Course DescriptionConviction of a crime - and especially a sex crime - can be a significant hurdle for someone seeking to have a spouse immigrate to the United States on a family-based petition. Criminal mitigation, which humanizes the petitioner and puts past crimes in context for the adjudicator, is essential for such a person in order to succeed with their petition. In this program, attorney and author Mark Silver will discuss strategies immigration counsel can use to disabuse adjudicators of implicit bias and the factors that they use in determining whether to grant the petition.
Length: 1hr 0min
Meet the Lecturer(s)
MARK S. SILVER is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and a post-graduate certificate in family therapy. He is the author of several publications, including Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Sixth Edition. (2017). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. He has worked with thousands of clients from over forty countries on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in many of these cases.