Hundreds of physicians participate in asylum evaluations, helping survivors of human rights violations gain asylum in the US by providing them with medical evaluations to prove they were victims of persecution.
It is unclear how the processing of asylum applications will be affected by the presidential executive orders, or whether asylum applications will become more adversarial. But it is likely that that there will be a greater need to rely on clinicians’ documentation of torture or ill-treatment for the applications to be successful.
Here’s one article about the importance of psychiatric and psychological evaluations of asylum seekers:
If you are interested in using your clinical skills to help torture survivors and those fleeing their home country because of persecution (but are not, legally, refugees) check out training opportunities via Physicians for Human Rights physiciansforhumanrights.org/a... and HealthRight International healthright.org/forensic-evalu...
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