Sexual Orientation Asylum Petitions: Challenges in Forensic Psychosocial Immigration Evaluations

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Sexual Orientation Asylum Petitions:Challenges in Forensic Psychosocial Immigration Evaluations
Sexual Orientation Asylum Petitions:Challenges in Forensic Psychosocial Immigration Evaluations

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Course Description

Asylum applications based on sexual orientation have risen in the United States and Canada in past decades. Here, attorney Mark Silver addresses the challenges of litigating an asylum petition based on sexual orientation and offers his insight as a clinical expert who evaluates claims of persecution and harm. With a specific focus on psychiatric issues, he also discusses how to balance the experiences of the applicant in his or her country of origin with the experiences as a new immigrant. By virtue of its sensitive nature, the sexual orientation asylum petition comes with challenges and obstacles that require particular attention by both the lawyer and clinician during the application process.

Learning Objectives:
I. Understand psychological, social, and community challenges faced by asylum petitioners
II. Comprehend the adversity facing these clients
III. Recognize potential psychiatric issues that may result from such persecution
IV. Identify proper evidence of persecution to support a petition for sexual orientation asylum

Length: 1hr 1min

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Mark Silver

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. 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 in Immigration Court and lectures to lawyers throughout the United States on a wide range of forensic issues with case samples. He can be reached at or 917-608-1346.

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