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Documenting Hardship: Effective Psych Evaluations and Testimony

July 22, 2014
Web Seminar

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Documenting Hardship: Effective Psych Evaluations and Testimony

This 90 minute web seminar was recorded live on July 22, 2014, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

This seminar discusses the differences between the various hardship standards and how to recognize a good evaluation for your hardship, VAWA, and asylum cases with USCIS. In addition, the speakers consider the value of using a therapist as an expert witness during your individual hearing in removal proceedings.

  • Extreme Hardship for I-601 Waivers and VAWA
  • Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship for Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal
  • Discretionary Hardship for LPR Cancellation of Removal and Asylum
  • Psychologist Reports
  • Therapy vs. Evaluation
  • Expert Testimony


B. John Ovink (dl), Tampa, FL
B. John Ovink has been a solo practitioner with offices in Tampa and Dade City, Florida since 1996. John’s practice concentrates on all types of family immigration, including court litigation. John has been a frequent speaker on problems concerning inadmissibility and removability, crimmigration, VAWA and U visa cases, as well on how to get waivers granted. He has published numerous articles in these areas. John has served on many different AILA committees since 1997.

Erin McGaughey, Seattle, WA
Erin McGaughey joined Soreff Law in Seattle in July 2009. She primarily focuses in representing clients in removal proceedings, appeals, asylum cases, and with waivers before USCIS and U.S. Consulates. Erin is a member of the National Immigration Project. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the ICE Committee for the Washington AILA chapter. Erin received her B.A. from Tulane University, and her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland.

Susan Wolfson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Bradenton, FL
Susan Wolfson is a psychotherapist in private practice. She specializes in treating survivors of trauma and incorporates her work in the evaluations she writes for immigration attorneys. She has been writing hardship, U visa/VAWA and asylum evaluations for the past ten years. Ms. Wolfson received her MSW from New York University (1992).

Free Downloadable Seminar Recording Included with Live Registration

Included with registration, participants in the live seminar will receive a free downloadable recording of the seminar. It will be available in participant's Agora Digital Library approximately 4-7 business days from the seminar date.

Registration & Pricing

  Registration Price
AILA Member/International Associates $129.00
AILA Members’ Paralegals $129.00
AILA Nonprofit Members $129.00
AILA Law Student Members $129.00
Nonmember Attorneys $199.00
Other Nonmembers $199.00
Nonprofit Nonmembers $199.00
Nonmember Law Students $199.00

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The "Documenting Hardship: Effective Psych Evaluations and Testimony" web seminar takes place Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the times noted below:

  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm central time
  • 12:00 pm-1:30 pm mountain time
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm pacific time

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 07/21/2014.

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