HRI's main project is running and developing the Asylum Clinic, which provides medical evaluations for individuals seeking asylum in the United States. The medical evaluation results in a legal affidavit documenting any physical and psychological manifestations of torture and abuse. The affidavit is submitted to the Asylum Court, and becomes a vital piece of the applicant's legal defense. Medical students work with the physicians by coordinating and assisting in evaluations and helping to write the affidavit. All medical students are eligible to participate in the Asylum Clinic once they have attended a training session.
Join the Asylum Clinic as a Student Evaluator!
All P&S medical students are eligible to see clients in the Asylum Clinic alongside our faculty evaluators. Before joining the clinic, students must complete a one-day training, which provides students with a background in asylum law, conducting clinical evaluations, and writing a legal affidavit. Training is usually held in the fall semester.
Join the Human Rights Initiative Executive Board!
The application process begins every fall in conjunction with the other P&S clinics. All incoming board members are required to attend the training with the student evaluators and attend a 1.5 hour board meeting every two weeks.