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Meredith Fortin, JD

Position: Asylum Program Officer, New York
Meredith Fortin

Meredith Fortin oversees the development, recruitment, and training of the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Network, a cadre of more than 500 physicians, psychologists, and mental health professionals who provide pro bono forensic evaluations to asylum-seekers across the United States. The Asylum Program currently places over 500 requests for forensic evaluations each year, and the resulting forensic evaluations are used to bolster the claims of asylum seekers and other undocumented individuals seeking legal protection.

Prior to joining PHR, Fortin served as a staff attorney and then director of the Immigration Legal Program at Lutheran Social Services of New York. She has represented clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, conducted Know Your Rights Trainings and legal trainings for pro bono attorneys, and has developed other projects and programs including pro bono legal clinics for immigrants, neighborhood outreach and education sessions, and partnerships with community-based organizations in New York City.

Fortin holds a JD from New York University School of Law, where she worked in the Immigrant Rights Clinic litigating issues of mandatory detention before the Second Circuit and researching the impact and use of prosecutorial discretion in the adjudication of immigration benefits. She is conversant in French.