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.
The barriers facing women who seek asylum in the US for gender-specific threats are truly remarkable. On International Women’s Day, it is important to remember that persecution and torture are horrific, no matter the gender of the victim, the classification of the particular social group, or the role of the state as a perpetrator.