Central American Victims of Gang Violence as Asylum Seekers: The Role of the Forensic Expert

Jesus-Rentas, G, Boehnlein, J, Sparr, L (2010) Journal of the American Academy Psychiatry Law 38:490–8, 2010

In recent years, mental health practitioners have become involved in the evaluation of asylum seekers who claim to be victims of torture and persecution because of their political points of view, or because of oppression in their country of origin. In this article, the authors explore the requirements for requesting asylum in the United States, the expectations of the immigration court and immigration attorneys, and the purpose and methodology of forensic consultation, through the case of a Central American asylum applicant.

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