Mental Health Evaluations in Immigration Court
A Guide for Mental Health and Legal Professionals
Psychology and Crime
Published by: NYU Press
256 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 2 b/w illustrations
- ISBN: 9781479802616
- Published: August 2022
A timely and important contribution to the study of immigration court from a psychological perspective
Every day, large numbers of immigrants undertake dangerous migration journeys only to face deportation or “removal” proceedings once they arrive in the U.S. Others who have been in the country for many years may face these proceedings as well, and either group may seek to gain lawful status by means of an application to USCIS, the benefits arm of the immigration system. Mental Health Evaluations in Immigration Court examines the growing role of mental health professionals in the immigration system as they conduct forensic mental health assessments that are used as psychological evidence for applications for deportation relief, write affidavits for the court about the course of treatment they have provided to immigrants, help prepare people emotionally to be deported, and provide support for immigrants in detention centers.
Many immigrants appear in immigration court—often without an attorney if they cannot afford one—as part of deportation proceedings. Mental health professionals can be deeply involved in these proceedings, from helping to buttress an immigrant’s plea for asylum to helping an immigration judge make decisions about hardship, competency or risks for violence. There are a whole host of psycho-legal and forensic issues that arise in immigration court and in other immigration applications that have not yet been fully addressed in the field. This book provides an overview of relevant issues likely to be addressed by mental health and legal professionals. Mental Health Evaluations in Immigration Court corrects a serious deficiency in the study of immigration law and mental health, offering suggestions for future scholarship and acting as a vital resource for mental health professionals, immigration lawyers, and judges.
The interdisciplinary focus in this important text is novel and important. Several chapters address topics that are typically neglected from the literature on immigrant and refugee mental health, such as competency, violence risk, and vicarious trauma. . . . Indispensable for anyone who works within immigration court. ~Barry Rosenfeld, Fordham University
An important contribution that speaks to a growing area of need and professional interest. This book provides essential information for both psychologists and attorneys. ~Nadine Nakamura, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University