Sampsonia Way is launching a series of interviews with physicians that donate their time to The Asylum Network of Physicians for Human Rights. Today we present what the organization does and some of the experiences of one of PHR’s volunteers in providing evaluations for asylum seekers.
The 2012 version of PHR’s “Examining Asylum Seekers”, the seminal guide to evaluating and documenting torture, is ready to order. This edition has been fully updated to capture changes in law, medicine, and science.
A medical expert in the Asylum Network of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) provided key testimony contributing to a significant ruling in Ohio last month in which a federal judge held that a former Somali security official was responsible for ordering the arrest and torture of a Somali law professor more than 20 years ago.
For victims fleeing torture or persecution, gaining the sanctuary of asylum in the US often requires rigorous science-based assessment, experts said at a two-day training workshop at AAAS.
Christy Fujio, Asylum Program Director at PHR, expresses concern in a recent Lancet article at reports emerging from Iran indicating the government is denying medical care to political prisoners. “The Iranian Government wants to break peoples' spirits, they want to set an example”, she said. “They do this overtly through torture, but they also do it more subtly by denying care and allowing people to suffer from their injuries.”