Medicine Meets the Law: When a Psychological Evaluation Means the Difference between Asylum and Deportation
When people make the decision to escape the torture and persecution they’ve suffered in their home countries by fleeing to the US, many have no idea that they have only one year from the time they arrive to apply for asylum.
For all the controversy over whether solitary confinement should ever be used in American prisons and jails, the evidence is clear: Isolation for 23 hours a day causes severe and often irreversible psychological damage.
The American policymaking and civil society community should take inspiration from the Tunisian woman who refused to be a silent victim and the countless others like her, and work together to fight against sexual and gender-based violence, in all its forms.
On Sept. 25, PHR joined a group of international human rights experts and organizations in filing an amicus brief on an appeal before the Spanish Supreme Court. The case seeks to hold accountable six senior legal advisers in the Bush administration who allegedly facilitated the torture and abuse of people detained at Guantánamo and other detention sites overseas.
Most immigrants detained in America’s sprawling immigration detention system stay for only a short time – an average of about 30 days – before being deported. But for those who choose to fight to stay in the United States – including asylum seekers, long-term undocumented residents, and green card holders who have strong family and community ties – detention can last for many months, sometimes even years.