Asylum status is a form of protection available to applicants who meet the definition of a refugee. According to Section 101(a)(42)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), “a refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to and avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her country of nationality or, if stateless, country of last habitual residence because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Those that are eligible for asylum are permitted to remain in the United States through a withholding of removal. Immigration attorneys often use Forensic Psychologists to evaluate and prepare a report or affidavit to help support asylum cases.
It is not uncommon for Asylum seekers to have experienced some history of trauma, hardship, or other psychological conditions. Our practice is trained and experienced in evaluating trauma survivors. We also understand the importance of culturally appropriate evaluation services. Dr. Maddux’s practice is specialized and 100% focused on the assessment of harm, risk, and various abilities within different forensic contexts. He is the only board-certified forensic psychologist with offices in Bergen County. Learn your options during a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Maddux.