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NIJC Panel: TRAPPED: Detained and Mentally Ill

The legal and mental health challenges facing detained immigrants and asylum seekers

On June 14, 2012, Barack Ferrazzano’s Brandon Prosansky participated as a panelist at the National Immigrant Justice Center’s discussion called “TRAPPED: Detained and Mentally Ill.”  The discussion focused on the legal and mental health challenges facing immigrants and asylum seekers who are held in detention, and how these challenges impact the ability of mental health professionals and legal advocates to serve this vulnerable population.

Brandon discussed his recent experience representing Mashala, an asylum seeker from Iran, who was detained for several months by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Brandon and a team of Barack Ferrazzano attorneys and staff successfully helped Mashala obtain asylum based on his well-founded fear of persecution upon return to Iran.  Mashala also spoke as a panelist at the event. 

Other panelists included:

Constance Sheehan, LCSW, clinical faculty at The Family Institute, Northwestern  University, and founder of The Mental Health Human Rights Clinic at The Family Institute, and Eleni Wolfe-Roubatis, the supervising attorney in the NIJC's Detention Project.

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