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The Critical Role of the Expert Witness in Immigration Matters

November 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Immigrants arrive in the United States from diverse corners of the earth, bringing equally diverse experiences, hopes, and dreams. But all, or nearly all, undocumented immigrants share in emotional turmoil derived from the threat and fear of deportation. The impact of deportation on individuals and their families is well documented by those who work closely with targeted immigrants. Uncertainty and anxiety mark the lives of children and other family members. But how much do courts take into account the cultural and familial contexts that give shape to the lives of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation? What do they know of the conditions of the defendants’ country of origin? And if they don’t know, how can they be made aware?

This is exactly the role of the mental health and country conditions expert witnesses in immigration hearings. It is important for a third-party expert witness, who is unbiased and with expertise in a particular area, to inform the immigration court about the facts and consequences of these issues. Lawyers, mental health and country conditions experts who attend this session will learn about the critical role of expert witnesses in various types of relief used in immigration proceedings.

We will address:

How and when to use mental health and country conditions experts

What types of relief require the use of experts and

Sample testimony of mental health and country condition experts used in immigration hearings

The importance of the rapport and exchange of information between the expert and the immigrant’s legal team


Psychologist Maria Nardone, Fellow, Faculty and Supervisor of Psychotherapy and Founding member of the Center for Public Mental Health at the William Alanson White Institute.

Attorney Michael P. DiRaimondo, Partner in DiRaimondo & Schroeder LLP and former Trial Attorney with the Immigration and Naturalization Services.

Cleonie White, Fellow, Faculty, and Supervisor of Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology.

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Tickets: Attorney, Mental Health Practitioner, Registrant – $50

Student: FREE (scholarships available upon request)


Safe Passage Project and William Alanson White Institute Center for Public Mental Health


immigration.cle@nyls.edu  •  212.431.2124.


November 9, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Safe Passage Project


185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013 United States
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