Jillian Tuck, JD
Jillian Tuck oversees and ensures effective operation of PHR’s Asylum Program, including a network of hundreds of health professionals who offer pro bono forensic psychological and physical evaluations to document evidence of torture and persecution for asylum seekers. She conducts legal trainings for health professionals, and collaborates with local and national organizations engaged in torture treatment, legal service provision, and immigration advocacy. Tuck also reviews medical-legal affidavits written in support of asylum seekers and counsels immigration attorneys on how to effectively leverage the expertise of health professionals.
Tuck has long been committed to legal protections for survivors of violence. Prior to joining PHR, she worked as a domestic violence advocate at Dorchester District Court in Boston and in the emergency department at the Boston Medical Center. Tuck also spent time on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, where she worked as a law clerk for Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project. Tuck co-founded her law school’s chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, which provides legal assistance to Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement in the United States. She was selected as a recipient of the Program for Human Rights in the Global Economy Fellowship.
Currently, Tuck handles pro bono asylum cases for the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is on the board of directors of the Network in Solidarity for the People of Guatemala (NISGUA).
Tuck holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA from University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Spanish and a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Blog Posts by Jillian Tuck, JD
- New Interpretation of Guidelines Tighten Standards for Asylum Seekers (April 28, 2014)
- Mexico Urges U.S. to Facilitate Asylum Claims for Victims of Violence (January 22, 2014)
- Calculating the Immeasurable: Somali Torture Victim Wins $15 Million in Civil Damages (August 23, 2013)
- NY Times Article Highlights Need for Greater Protections for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children (August 29, 2012)
- Don’t Miss It: Recognizing and Documenting Evidence of Torture and other Persecution (August 16, 2012)