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Asylum Network Trainings

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PHR's Asylum Program is conducting a fall training session in Oakland, CA. 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.

Each year, thousands of survivors of torture and other persecution who seek safety in the US go through the complex and restrictive US immigration process. They often have nothing more than their own words to substantiate their suffering, but some of the most compelling evidence they have — physical and psychological sequelae of torture — can be documented by a health professional to make the difference between safety in the US or forcible return to countries of persecution.

The medical evidence provided by PHR’s Asylum Network volunteers through affidavits and oral testimony is often the difference between an individual being granted relief from deportation or being forced to return to persecution – or even death – in their home countries. Nearly 90% of our reported case outcomes are successful, meaning that the client and often his or her family have been granted the opportunity to start a new life and begin healing in the United States. Our Network members’ generosity in donating their time and talent has helped thousands of survivors of persecution re-build their lives in the United States.

We encourage interested physicians to attend an Asylum Network training to learn how to apply your clinical skills to the evaluation of asylum seekers for their applications for relief in the United States.

Generally a minimum of two trainings per year are held. Please contact us for more information on current trainings.