--- international law - immigration & naturalization law
--- course production date: 6/20/2017
--- presented by MARK SOLOMON SILVER

Asylum 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.

Key course points are:
• Understand psychological, social, and community challenges faced by asylum petitioners.
• Comprehend the adversity facing these clients.
• Recognize potential psychiatric issues that may result from such persecution.
• Identify proper evidence of persecution to support a petition for sexual orientation asylum.

--- presented by MARK SOLOMON SILVER

MARK SOLOMON SILVER is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has 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. He has 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, Mark holds a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York, Queens College, and was admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mark has provided dozens of lectures to thousands of lawyers and he has many publications on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various journals, and he has lectured on various aspects of these subjects.

Mark is the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Fifth Edition. (2015). Since 2002, Mark has 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, Mark has worked on more than 2000 such cases with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and immigration petitions. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases. He can be contacted at marksilver1@cs.com