There is a broad consensus that our immigration system is in desperate need of an overhaul. Comprised of a hopelessly complicated patchwork of laws enacted in response to events like the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and the 9/11 attacks, the immigration system creates narrow pathways for some immigrants to come to or remain in the United States, while making it almost impossibly hard for others, including many fleeing torture and persecution.
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.
Special medical training to recognize and understand the consequences of human rights abuses is no longer a niche specialty only for clinicians working with asylum seekers. Such training is necessary for all physicians, psychologists, nurses, and social workers determined to aid their patients effectively. PHR will be conducting two training sessions to provide clinicians with the skills necessary to recognize and document evidence of torture and other human rights abuses.
Republican committee members at a recent congressional hearing called immigration detention a “vacation” for undocumented immigrants. PHR's Mike Corradini says the Subcommittee’s Republicans would do well to spend a few days in a detention facility the next time they need a vacation. If they did, they might think twice before holding another “Holiday on ICE” hearing.
On Tuesday, immigrant advocates and PHR's Mike Corradini toured the new Karnes Civil Detention Center which is being billed as the "future of immigration detention." Corradini shares his thoughts on the center which will house 608 non-violent immigration detainees in less-restrictive conditions of confinement.