Expert Psychological Witness For Asylum & VAWA

Marc Sadoff, MSW, BCD


 Expert Psychological Witness Testimony For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder aka PTSD



For Asylum & VAWA Cases In Immigration Court

(I am training clinicians to do diagnostic assessments to help immigrants being deported via a series of 3 webinar trainings.  The next series starts May 12th Friday 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Go HERE to register.  I’m offering free consultation for attendees who move forward to do pro bono cases for lawyers of immigrants.)

For 18 years I’ve done expert witness forensic psychological report writing and testifying in court for refugees seeking asylum in U.S. Immigration courts.   I worked with the Program For Torture Victims, Los Angeles from 1998 to 2002 helping victims of government torture and discrimination by doing a good psychological evaluation and testimony in immigration asylum court, that helps to enhance their credibility.   In addition to helping asylum clients who have been tortured, I’ve done many cases of government failure to protect or discrimination and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) cases.   I’ve done discrimination and government failure to protect cases involving persecution and discrimnation against homosexuals, christians, women, molested children, honor killing cases, and political opponents of government ruling powers.

I’ve submitted over 110 asylum and VAWA psychological evaluations to the court.
My testimony has been accepted, as an expert witness in posttraumatic stess,

in all 60 times that I’ve testified in immigration court.

About 20 of these cases were assessments of the client for cases being filed under VAWA (Violence Against Women Act).  Most of these clients were seeking a suspension of deportation.  

Those 20 cases did not require my testimony, as they are filed with the Vermont Immigration Office.  

My psychological assessment interview and report is often used to assist the attorney in establishing credibility for the applicant in respect to whether the person did indeed suffer from domestic abuse, or torture or discrimination.   I am familiar with the requirements of meeting the needs of the legal statute.  Because of my 30 years of domestic violence clinical experience, I have good credentials to make the case convincingly that the abuse occurred as the client’s declaration indicates it did.  I am usually referred these cases by the client’s lawyer or by Los Angeles Public Counsel.



(I still do some cases pro bono or low fee depending upon my schedule.)

Flat rate- Flat rate for conducting the interviews, the consultations with the lawyer and the writing of the report is $2250.  Some cases can be handled at negotiated rates.  It usually takes about a month to find the clinical time in my schedule to interview the client.  Then, there is another three weeks or month to complete the psychological evaluation.

Expediting Fee- If the client has a merits hearing in less than four or five weeks then I charge a fee for expediting the interviewing and writing of the report.  The expediting fee is negotiable but is generally in the range of 15% – 33% extra.

Absence of Declaration- In cases where there is no declaration, or summary of incidents of trauma and general outline of the story,  There is an added fee of $300. because it then takes some extra hours of my extracting this in my interviews.  Generally, I need 5-8 hours for direct interviews.   And, some time for consultation with the attorney(s).  If the interviews and writing of the executed final evaluation are needed within a month of the first contact the attorney makes with me, there is a negotiated extra fee for expediting my schedule and working overtime to make it happen.

In asylum cases, when I need to testify in court there is a $950. flat rate for the testimony. 

 Immigration Attorneys & Firms I’ve worked with for Asylum Cases:

Public Counsel Los Angeles                213-385-2977 Katka Weth Atty at Law

Program For Torture Victims             213-747-4944 Ana Deutsch, MFT & Jose Quiroga, MD

Jim Angleton, Atty at Law                  213-689-9480

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher                   213-229-7842 Kelly Welch, Azar Mouzari

Morrison, Foester                                858-314-7630 Nathan Cooper Atty at Law

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher                   213-229-7910   Minae Yu

Morrison, Foerester                            213-892-5200 Hui Lin Wang / Johanna Shehee

Manatt & Phelps                                 213-312-4336   Sirena Castillo

O’Melveney & Myers                           213-430-6151   Chi

Paul Hastings,                                      213-683-6293 James Gilliam, Atty at Law

Latham, Watkins                                  714-540-1235 Christopher Campbell

Joseph Sandoval, Atty at Law              323-297-1102

Gittel Gordon, Atty at Law                   858-459-2450,  858-459-2410,

Kenneth Goodsell, Atty at Law            626-403-3588

Kelley Drye & Warren                           310-712-6100 David Fink, Atty at Law

    Immigration Attorneys I have worked For VAWA
   (aka Violence Against Women Act) cases :

Several VAWA cases I worked with were on behalf of male victims.

Sergei Shevchenko, Atty at Law         310-285-1552

Judith Foster, Atty at Law                   818- 996-1858

Sandra Ronald, Atty at Law                818 225-1861

Raquel Fonte, Atty at Law                  213 385-7800 x140

Alexandru Cristea, Atty at Law           562-923-5650

Claire Cifuentes, Atty at Law              213 365-6066

Judith Wood, Atty at Law                   213 680-7801

Kathy Alfred, Atty at Law                   818 654-0480

Connie Frentzos, Atty at Law              323 257-4801

Bernie Wolfsdorf, Esq.                         310-573-4242

Cheryl Woodward, Atty at Law           310-450-2003

Garish Sarin, Atty at Law                     213-353-9309

Richard Fraade, Atty at Law                310-274-8847