(I am training clinicians to do diagnostic assessments to help immigrants being deported via a series of 3 webinar trainings. The next series starts June 16th Friday 11 am – 12:30 pm. Go HERE to register. You can review more of the course on this page also. 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.
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.
Rate per hour is $180.- On average I can finish an asylum case within about 12 hours of interviews, writing and consultation with lawyers, in total. 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 three to four weeks there is a fee for expediting the interviewing and writing of the report. It is a negotiated extra fee for changing my own patient load; expediting my schedule and working nights, weekends and overtime to make it happen. The expediting fee is negotiable but is generally in the range of 15% – 40% 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. This is because it takes some extra hours of my extracting this in my interviews. Generally, I need 5-8 hours for direct interviews. Reconstructing the history and timeline of events adds 2-3 hours.
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
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