Next year, the Columbia P&S Human Rights Initiative - Asylum Clinic will begin to maintain a database of information that describes the population of clients it serves and the services rendered. The purpose of the database is for internal tracking and monitoring as well as for presenting aggregate data on our client population for the purposes of inter-organizational reporting, public relations, and physician/student recruitment. Clients seeking asylum are not protected by doctor-patient confidentiality and all information collected in the database is from publicly-available resources. Identifiable information such as names, birthdates, and addresses are redacted. The database will contain information such as client demographics, affidavits, and services provided.
Upcoming Project on Physician Outlook
As we expand our organization, we hope to quantify physician and student understanding of relationships between medicine and human rights and to use that information to increase awareness. We are excited to develop qualitative and socio-medical research with our peer universities, including Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights (WCCHR).