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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, HealthRight International, the American Friends Service Committee and the International Institute of Connecticut. These applicants have experienced unlawful detention, torture, harassment, domestic violence, female genital mutilation and homophobic hate crimes, in countries such as Syria, Pakistan, Honduras, Ecuador, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Center’s trained physicians perform a forensic medical interview and examination to document physical scars and functional impairments. These objective findings are presented to immigration authorities and judiciary members in the form of an affidavit and/or testimony.

Featured: Dr. Katherine McKenzie, Dr. Matthew Ellman, Dr. Shelli Farinaz Farhadian, and Dr. Aniyizhai Annamalai.


We accept referrals from attorneys only. If you are an attorney representing an asylum seeker, please email to discuss an evaluation.

Katherine C. McKenzie, MD

Mailing Address

Department of Internal Medicine

367 Cedar Street, Suite 402

New Haven, CT 06510