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Attorneys: How We Can Help Your Client

More than 400 health professionals in PHR’s Asylum Network offer pro bono psychological and physical evaluations to document evidence of torture and other abuse for men and women fleeing persecution in their home countries.

In order to request an evaluation, please fill out the forensic evaluation request form (pdf) and send to PHR via fax (617-301-4250) or email (asylum [at] phrusa [dot] org).

If you are seeking more than one type of evaluation for your client, please indicate which type of evaluation is a priority. Because the placement and evaluation process takes some time, this form needs to reach us at least eight weeks before the affidavit is required. Due to the heavy demand for forensic evaluations, PHR cannot guarantee securing an evaluation for every case. The probability that your case will be placed increases with advance notice.

After we've received your request form, PHR staff will determine if a health professional near your client is available to perform an evaluation. Once an evaluator is identified, we will provide you with his or her name and contact information.

You will be responsible for contacting the health professional and making an appointment for your client. You also will be responsible for securing an interpreter if your client needs one for the evaluation.

The health professional evaluator will examine your client in the detention center or a location that you agree upon. Prior to the evaluation, you'll need to provide the health professional with a copy of your client's affidavit, prior medical records, and any other relevant information.

If the evaluator determines that the physical or psychological sequelae are consistent with your client's account of torture or persecution, he or she will also prepare an affidavit to submit to the court. It is important to maintain close contact with the health professional to make sure that any issues or questions are addressed in a timely fashion. Although counsel has principal responsibility to schedule the evaluation and follow up with the health professional, PHR staff is available to help if problems arise.

Once the case is completed, please inform both the health professional and PHR of the case outcome. We are eager to hear about successes, but we also need to hear about disappointments so that we can continue to evaluate the program, update funders regarding the value of their contributions, and make adjustments as needed.

Please do not hesitate to call 617.301.4248 or email asylum [at] phrusa [dot] org with any questions or concerns.