Asylum Evaluation Clinic

Physicians for Human Rights - Asylum Evaluation Clinic

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a national organization that has been working for asylum seekers and other immigrants for over 30 years. PHR’s Asylum Program strengthens the immigration legal system by providing high-quality forensic evidence using the Istanbul Protocol. Trained clinicians examine all signs and sequela of physical and psychological abuse and produce a medical-legal affidavit documenting their conclusions. Medical evaluations have been shown to increase the likelihood of being granted asylum by over 50%.


Students who volunteer with the Asylum Evaluation Clinic will provide documentation of a client’s data, history, and exam findings, learn to write a medical expert affidavit, and perform an organized, focused, and technically accurate physical and psychological exam in the context of torture and trauma-informed care. Either CHIP or Diversity hours may be awarded for participation, but not both.


Students should only be providing asylum evaluations and letter writing in conjunction with a licensed provider (NP, PA, MD, DO are all fine) and the visits should be used only to aid in documentation for the Humanitarian Parole Letters or Asylum Evaluation Program, and not to provide medical care or medical advice. Additionally, we may only permit students to perform the above activities for patients/persons located in Arizona.


The Asylum Evaluation Training teaches students and clinicians how to perform medical forensic and psychological examinations for individuals seeking asylum in the United States. Participants in training will earn either CHIP or Diversity hours, but not both.