Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network Training

The Brown Human Rights Asylum Clinic (BHRAC), in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), invites you to the annual PHR Asylum Network Training on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. BHRAC collaborates with medical and mental health clinicians, lawyers, and community organizations to provide pro bono medical affidavits to individuals seeking legal status in the United States. They are looking for health care professionals to join their team of evaluators!

This training will provide an introduction to asylum law and teach healthcare providers how to conduct forensic evaluations and prepare medical affidavits for asylum seekers. Affidavits can document and corroborate the physical and psychological evidence of trauma alleged by asylum seekers, leading to better legal outcomes. The training is open to clinicians (MD or DO, including residents), psychologists (PsyD), LCSWs, NPs, and LMHCs. 

Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Address: The Warren Alpert Medical School, Room 160
222 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02903

RSVP: Fill out this Google Form or email brown.asylum.clinic@gmail.com

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

BHRAC’s role is to provide medical/psychological evaluations to individuals seeking asylum and other immigration visas in the United States, due to trauma and persecution they faced in their home countries. Affidavits can document and corroborate the physical and psychological evidence of trauma alleged by asylum seekers, leading to better legal outcomes. While the average U.S. asylum approval rate was 37.5% in the early 2000s, it rose to 89% when professional evaluations accompanied the cases.

As an evaluator, you would perform 2-3 hour evaluations for clients periodically along with an interpreter and two medical student scribes, who would then be responsible for drafting the legal affidavit with your final approval. This format offers the advantage of shifting a large portion of the burden of time, correspondence, and affidavit drafting to medical students, freeing clinicians to perform evaluations more frequently.

If you are interested in volunteering with BHRAC, you MUST complete a one-time training session through Physicians for Human Rights (the location of the training does not matter).

RSVP using this Google Form or email brown.asylum.clinic@gmail.com. Please also feel free to email BHRAC with any questions or concerns. If you know other healthcare professionals who would be interested in this opportunity, please share this information with them.