Author Archives: lizbcraig

About lizbcraig

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in conducting diagnostic mental health evaluations for immigration clients. I have over fifteen years of experience as a clinical social worker, working with people from diverse populations. In my business, LizBCraig, LICSW, I conduct evaluations assessing for trauma in asylum, UVisa and domestic abuse (VAWA) cases, and for emotional suffering in extreme hardship casess.

Success Stories

Its so gratifying when I hear from lawyers that my evaluations helped their clients to obtain their legal status.  Here’s an email I received from a lawyer last week: XXX (you did the psychological exam for his wife, YYY– re … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking (T visas)

Another type of evaluation I often perform are human trafficking assessments (T Visas).  In conducting these evaluations, I hear stories of people who were lured to the United States with promises of a brighter future and lucrative job opportunities.  However, … Continue reading

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Tahiri Justice Center

Another great community resource for immigrants is the Tahiri Justice Center. Here’s the link: http://www.tahirih.org/ From their website: The Tahirih Justice Center is an innovative, efficient, and strategic nonprofit organization that works to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based … Continue reading

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NY Times Article on depression in developing nations

I wanted to share this interesting article about the prevalence of depression in countries where poverty is rampant and often there is political strife.  Not surprising that depression rates are high when people are impoverished, feel they have no way … Continue reading

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Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma

If you are working with trauma survivors, Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma is an excellent resource for support services. http://www.astt.org/ From their website: In your country, did you ever experience violence or fear for your life because of … Continue reading

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CAIR Coalition

For anyone interested in immigration rights issues, check out the Capital Area Immigration Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition).  The website is: http://www.caircoalition.org/. With links to recent articles and an excellent and informative listserv, this group creates a community for people working for … Continue reading

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What to look for in a clinical evaluator for an immigration case:

Look for a therapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Psychologist) who has experience  doing clinical evaluations specifically for immigration purposes. A good evaluator will be able to create an open and sharing environment for the client.  Sometimes this is … Continue reading

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