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Asylum Network Trainings

UPCOMING TRAININGS: PHR's Asylum Program is conducting two training sessions in May. The trainings will provide health professionals with skills necessary to document evidence of torture and other human rights abuses for people fleeing persecution. One training will be held in Pennsylvania on May 1; get more information and register here. The second training will be held in Texas on May 2; get more information and register here.

PHR, in partnership with the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, is also holding a training at the Yale School of Medicine on April 11. Registration has closed, but you may contact lmanrique [at] phrusa [dot] org if you would like to add your name to the waitlist.

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.