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FORENSIC EVALUATIONS

PURPOSE

Forensic mental health evaluations serve a vital purpose for immigration cases, especially for clients who have experienced trauma. These services are particularly important for immigrants who are seeking status through asylum, U‐visa, T‐visa, VAWA, SIJS and Cancellation of Removal. Immigration legal services providers and mental health experts must work closely together to address clients’ trauma so they can advocate for themselves in the complex immigration system.

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THE GOAL

The need for supporting mental health care for low-income immigrants is critical, and the need is particularly great for immigrants who have experienced the traumatic impacts of detention. The Collaborative has worked to develop resources to increase capacity for forensic evaluations by providing training to clinicians and attorneys and connecting local attorneys with local clinicians through our Online Directory.

How and Why to Integrate Support Services

Bringing social workers into legal settings is not a new phenomenon, social workers are present in child welfare systems, juvenile court systems, and schools. Immigration legal services have been somewhat slower to incorporate social services into their practices. Nevertheless, there is  increasing recognition of the role trauma plays in the migrant journey and how many different factors can impact an immigrant’s legal case.

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YOUR SOURCE FOR RELIABLE, TIMELY, AND ACCURATE LEGAL IMMIGRATION INFORMATION.

1.-Holistic-Legal-Service-Capacity

Holistic Legal
Services Capacity

Augment the capacity of immigration legal services providers to take an interdisciplinary approach in serving Greater Houston's diverse and growing immigrant population

2.-Equitable-Access-to-Services

Equitable
Access to Services

Advocate for efficient and equitable access to holistic legal and social services for all immigrants

3.-Amplified-Voices

Amplified
Voices

Increase awareness and understanding of immigrant needs and perspectives by providing a platform to elevate their voices and those of organizations working with them

4.-Catalyzed-Ecosystem

Catalyzed
Ecosystem

Foster and facilitate a collaborative ecosystem of legal and social service providers, funders, and elected officials to benefit immigrants in the Greater Houston region

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