Course DescriptionAsylum 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.
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
- Odette C.
Meet the Lecturer(s)
My name is MARK SOLOMON SILVER. I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have a Combined Specialist Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. I have also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Certificate Program in Family Therapy at Smith College, and a Doctor of Psychology at the Southern California University for Professional Studies. In addition, I hold a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York, Queens College, and I am admitted to practice law in New York. I have published more than a dozen papers on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various academic and practice journals, and I have lectured on various aspects of these subjects. I am the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Third Edition. (2011). For about the past ten years, I have 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. To date I have worked on more than 1200 such cases in forensic immigration and criminal practice and consultation. I have worked with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. I have also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.