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Asylum Network Trainings

UPCOMING TRAINING: PHR's Asylum Program is conducting a spring training session, co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, in New Haven, CT. The training will provide health professionals with skills necessary to document evidence of torture and other human rights abuses for people fleeing persecution. Get more information and register here.

The Human Rights Initiative at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is hosting a training for clinicians interested in providing psychological evaluations. The training will be held on Monday, March 16, from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Jacob Hartman at jsh2122 [at] columbia [dot] edu or 646-413-2527.

The Asylum Program at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) offers basic and advanced trainings for health professionals to learn how to apply their clinical skills to support asylum applications. These all-day trainings are held a minimum of two times each year and often offer continuing education credits for physicians, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers. We require all new network members to attend a training prior to taking on their first case, unless they have relevant forensic experience.

Training Highlights:

  • Human rights law, asylum law, and the critical role of the health professional and forensic documentation in immigration cases
  • Physical and psychological evidence of torture and other human rights abuses
  • Effective medical-legal documentation, including affidavit writing
  • Best practices for collaboration between health professionals and attorneys
  • Meeting and networking with other human rights-minded health professionals

If you’d like to be notified of future training opportunities, please continue to check this page or email us at to be added to our Asylum Program email list.