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Attorneys: How We Can Help Your Client

Asylum in the United States

Attorneys, please use our updated forensic evaluation request form to submit requests to PHR. Please note the updated instructions about deadlines, and be sure to leave sufficient time for us to fulfill your request. Please do NOT submit a PDF form, but use the online form provided.

More than 400 health professionals in the Asylum Network at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) 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.

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. You can find more information about the referral process in our Overview of Services.

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.

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 evidence are consistent with your client's account of torture or persecution, he or she will prepare an affidavit to submit to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). 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.

Once the case is completed, please inform both the health professional and PHR of the case outcome. We are eager to hear about successes, and we need to hear about disappointments so 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 646.564.3720 or email with any questions or concerns.


Maximize Your Client’s Chances of Volunteer Placement: Tips and Best Practices for Attorneys

Physical and psychological evaluations can have an enormous impact on the outcome of an immigration case. Whether you’re new to working with PHR, have questions about our process, or would like to know what steps you can take to increase your client’s chances of having their case matched with a volunteer, we invite you to watch this 45 minute recorded webinar for immigration attorneys:

This is an opportunity to:

  • Understand the case placement process from the inside;
  • Hear about trends in demand across the country;
  • Learn what you can do to maximize the chances that your client’s case will be placed with a volunteer, and;
  • Ensure a successful working relationship with the clinician volunteer

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