Hardship & Other Assessments for Legal Cases
What is hardship assessment?
In immigration cases, hardship assessment is the psycho-social evaluation of extreme distress as experienced by qualified member/s the family. This assessment can be a key finding. That is, it can assist in the cancelation of a pending deportation.
What if my legal case is not migration related?
All psychological evaluations are tailored to a particular psycho-social condition and legal case. I have experience working in other type of cases, besides immigration. Studies have shown that a good psychological assessment can make a huge difference in a legal outcome.
How else can I help with your legal case?
As a mental health professional I’ve been able to help in various ways. I can help you with psychological evaluations, providing specialized information or assisting in the rehabilitation of a person as required by court order.
There are several ways to immigrate to the United States. Among other things, professional opinions are used in cases of…
Deportation: When deportation is due, direct family members legally resident of the United States are assessed for hardship.
Asylum: In asylum cases, the objective is to assess the psychological stress experienced in the country of origin. Sometimes this involves evaluating past experiences of torture or threat to life.
Domestic Violence: In cases of abuse, the main focus is establishing the presence of domestic violence in order to apply for legal status (separately from the U.S. citizen spouse). The evaluation will examine the presence, type and impact of the abuse.
Evaluation is a series of interviews. You will be asked to fill out forms, answer questions, or other assessment tasks. The information acquired together with deep professional understanding will result in a written or verbal testimony. The assessment task will be designed to meet the needs and singularities of each case.
A testimony is a statement containing the results of the evaluation. I can only testify about matters relevant to my field of expertise and following the strict ethical codes of my profession. The statement can be given at court or in written. In both situations the testimony will be furnished with my credentials and details of professional training. I am board certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and as an Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor.
If the testimony is given in written form, you will usually receive two copies of the statement. One for you and one for your attorney.
Testifying in court is not as usual. Nevertheless, it is sometimes required. Know that the testimony of a professional witness is always questioned by opposing counsel.