Webinar Details

The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaboration (HILSC) and member organizations (Tahirih Justice Center, Justice for Our Neighbors, the Children’s Immigration Law Academy), along with Rosalie Hyde, LCSW (Houston Galveston Trauma Institute) present a new webinar series: Mental Health Evaluations for Immigrant Clients: From Your First Interview to the Merits Hearing!

A high-quality forensic evaluation is often the difference between winning and losing an immigration case. 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. This series aims to train attorneys to effectively work with mental health evaluators by learning trauma-informed lawyering, how to set up a forensic evaluation, the role of the forensic evaluation in your case, preparing for expert testimony, and special considerations for working with child clients.

This third webinarSetting-up Forensic Evaluations, will focus on best practices for setting up an evaluation and collaborating with mental health evaluators. Our presenters will explore when a forensic evaluation is needed based on the legal needs of a case. We will also delve into the components of a mental health evaluation and review different types of expert evaluations and licensing requirements.


Recorded Date

January 17, 2020


  • Jessica Howton, JD (Managing Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center)
  • Rosalie Hyde, LCSW (Co-Founder of The Houston Galveston Trauma Institute)
  • Chloe Walker, JD, MSW (Senior Staff Attorney, ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy)
  • Marisa Peterson, JD (Staff Attorney for JFON Houston on the Deportation Defense Houston Project)