PARDS Academician/Expert Search
PARDS can provide attorneys and asylum
applicants with assistance from region-, country-, and/or
issue-specific experts who will objectively and
dispassionately assess the meritorious nature of asylum, deportation, Convention Against Torture (CAT)
claims. Following their review of the application, PARDS will
engage the proposed expert in an introductory conference call, either with the attorney,
and/or applicant. Following acceptance of the proposed expert's country-specific credentials,
they will provide a detailed verbal merit assessment, wherein they (1) reconcile the applicant's
written statements with reality on the ground, (2) reflect upon current country conditions, and
(3) address their repatriation concerns.
Following a careful review of the Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and
Profile of Asylum Claims and Country Conditions report, specific to the country(-ies) to which
the applicant faces repatriation, for any and all claim-relevant statements presenting an accuracy
concern (distortion written into, and/or significant omission written out of same),
the expert can craft a corrective lens enabling the trier of fact to
discern the meritorious nature of the claim.
Where an applicant presents documents which they purport to
have been issued either by a foreign governmental agency, or non-governmental
organization (NGO), a country-specific expert, who has has access to and reviewed similar
documents through the course of their country-specific research, can authoritatively
discern the authenticity of the document in question. It should be noted that
in this specific excercise, the expert is employing certain specific academic vs. forensic criteria.
Following a finding of `fraud' by all too many foreign-based U.S. Embassy "document authentication
investigators," `document experts' at the FBI's Quantico forensics lab, and subsequent diligent
analysis by internationally known and respected country-specific scholars, the latter often
concludes that asylum applicants hold no monopoly on fraud. Academics routinely dismiss the conclusions
of government investigators' as `sloppy,' their research `shoddy,' and the logic of their findings,
either without foundation,` `tortured,' or `non-existent.' The conclusions of country-specific experts
when offered under oath, either through affidavit, and/or testimony, have been accepted as such and
the `official' government findings set aside as without foundation. Boiler plate assessments penned
by unscrupulous, untrained, and/or overwhelmed Embassy officials are profoundly troubling
patterns of deception.
Experts can memorialize their observations, either through a written claim-specific
critique (affidavit), and/or testimony, the latter of which is available, either telephonically
from their office or home, or in-person (dependent upon individual court requirements).
In the case of an affidavit, preliminary drafts can be forwarded,
either by fax, or e-mail for timely review and the submission of
written recommendations for amendment. The final notarized (affidavit), or unnotarized
(declaration) can be forwarded both by fax and commercial courier.
In the case of telephonic testimony, the expert will advise of their location
on the date, and the phone number through which they can be reached to provide same.
A distinction should be made regarding the time the hearing is scheduled to begin
versus the time the expert can expect the court call.
In the case of an in-person testimony, it is important to advise the expert
of the exact street address and entrance location to the building, floor
and suite number, and the time the hearing is scheduled to begin versus the time
which the expert is expected to take the stand.
PARDS can provide experts from the following disciplines:
For more information, phone us at 609-497-7663.