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Mitigation of Illegal Behavior in Immigration Defense: How Crimes, Fraud, Misrepresentation, and CIMTS Can be Explained Through the Help of Clinical Forensic Evaluations

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Produced on March 12, 2019

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Course Information

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Among the most important topics in immigration defense today is “crimmigration”, that is, the consideration of how to contend with and explain criminal issues, including illegal activity and crimes involving moral turpitude, for immigration clients. This seminar, presented by attorney and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mark Silver, will consider how to tackle this extremely important issue separate and apart from proving hardship issues in 601-waiver petitions. Mr. Silver will explore how to use mitigation in the immigration context, just as criminal defense lawyers use mitigation to defend and explain their client’s criminal behavior with prosecutors or in court.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify when and how mitigation is effective in the context of crimmigration immigration defense
  2. Examine the criteria, key issues, and challenges of mitigation for illegal acts and CIMTS for the immigration defense client
  3. Recognize how mitigation helps to provide a more complete understanding of the client’s case by having the forensic expert complement and balance the role of the immigration defense lawyer

Credit Information

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Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

Mark S. Silver is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Sixth Edition. (2018). 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. He has worked with thousands of clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


Joel C.

Definitely good for thinking about cases.

Kichul K.


Brian W.

I like all of the courses of this instructor.

mark s.

very helpful

Carla R.


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