Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Legal Practitioners’ Perspective on Dealing with Torture Survivors, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees

Torture survivors and other asylum seekers face the prospect of facing legal proceedings to be able to receive protection and stay legally in the United States. However, in order to prove their cases for asylum relief, they are generally forced to retell their stories, including the difficult events that led to the flight from their home country. The balance between ensuring the best legal case possible and limiting the amount of re-traumatization is a delicate one and underscores the need for coordination between legal and mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • A brief overview of some of the legal principles of asylum cases that are relevant to the client’s psychological situation and discussion of past trauma will be presented, such as:
    • Credibility analysis
    • Past persecution / corroboration of harm
    • Severity of the harm suffered
  • Participants will be introduced to examples of some successful collaborations and good practices in legal / mental health and/or social service partnerships
  • Participants will observe a simulation and/or case study to put the theoretical into practice
  • Participants will be given time for dialogue and discussion
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