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Sexual Orientation Asylum: 2015 Update

(707 reviews)

Produced on November 19, 2015

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$ 59 Immigration Law, International Law, and Public Interest Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

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.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand psychological, social, and community challenges faced by asylum petitioners

II.    Comprehend the adversity facing these clients

III.   Recognize potential psychiatric issues that may result from such persecution

IV.   Identify proper evidence of persecution to support a petition for sexual orientation asylum


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.


Jalissa H.

Excellently & nuanced description of some issues or challenges with this classification of client.

Kathryn S.


Rita D.

I've listened to a few of Mark's presentations and he does an excellent job.

Brian H.

Best one yet. Informed and passionate speaker.

Jennie K.

Great program!

Pamela S.

Superior. Exceeded expectations.

Chris S.

very good information about this subject.

Steven V.

One of the more interesting lectures out of about 20 I have heard on Lawline.

michael c.

A very good seminar

William C.

This was very instructive! I practiced mental health law for ten years.

melvin f.

Very timely.

Janine B.

I have to commend LawLine for making continuing legal education much more interesting than it used to be.

James L.

This is a topic to update each year. A good program and presentaton.


great lecturer the psychology degree is obvious

John N.

An area of immigration law that I was previously unaware of.

John A.

Best seminar thus far. Knowledgeable, clear, good PowerPoint and materials. Will look for other courses taught by this instructor.

Vivian B.

Presented well.

Rachel T.

Interesting topic valuable for GALs as well

Elizabeth Z.

Very interesting - thank you!

Holly R.

good lecturer and clearly knowledgeable on the topic. Thanks!

Jeffrey D.


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