Asylum Seekers: Our Patients at the Border

Ruchman, Samuel G.
December 2019
JGIM: Journal of General Internal Medicine;Dec2019, Vol. 34 Issue 12, p2908
Academic Journal
Asylum is a life-saving intervention for people fleeing violence, torture, and other human rights abuses. The Mount Sinai Human Rights Program is one of roughly twenty clinics based at US academic medical centers that provides pro bono forensic evaluations of asylum seekers and documents evidence of their reported abuses in medical-legal affidavits that accompany them to their immigration proceedings. While the courts will not ultimately deem every asylum claim legitimate, our program's experience in documenting physical and psychological evidence of human rights abuses suggests that far too many are grounded in horrific truth.


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