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Torture is condemned by most governments, yet it continues to be carried out in over 100 countries worldwide. Thousands of victims of torture and persecution enter the United States each year to seek refuge. To remain in this country legally, they must apply for political asylum. If they have physical scars or mental illness related to the torture, a medical or psychological evaluation can provide powerful evidence in support of their application.
Since 2003, asylum seekers requiring a medical evaluation have been referred to the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine by attorneys from Yale Law School and the University of Connecticut Law School as well as the advocacy groups Physicians for Human Rights and HealthRight International.
Internal Medicine residents at Yale participate in evaluations of asylum applicants with one of the physicians during a medical examination. Residents can then be referred for formal training with one of our advocacy partners at Physicians for Human Rights or HealthRight International.