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Asylum Medicine Conference on Oct. 5: "Medical Forensic Evaluations of Asylum Seekers: The Role of the Clinician in Documenting Human Rights Abuses"

September 25, 2019

Conflict and human rights abuses worldwide have caused record numbers of displaced persons in recent years. Many of these individuals have experienced persecution and torture and have persistent scars from these human rights abuses. They seek asylum in the United States as they try to build a safer life. Physicians and other health professionals can collaborate with their legal colleagues to provide powerful evidence of this ill-treatment in immigration court.

Yale Center for Asylum Medicine will present a conference that outlines the unique and important contribution clinicians can make for this vulnerable population. The historical and legal background of human rights and asylum law will be reviewed, and clinicians and clinicians-in-training will learn about the skills necessary to perform physical and psychological evaluations. Legal professionals will understand the evaluations their clients undergo when a forensic evaluation is performed.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Location: Cohen Auditorium, Yale Child Study Center, 230 S. Frontage Road, New Haven

The training is free of charge and open to all students, physicians, clinical psychologists, NPs, LCSWs, and legal professionals. To register, please submit your answers to the questions that appear here by September 30.


  • Katherine C. McKenzie, MD, FACP Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, Yale Center for Asylum Medicine
  • Jon Bauer, JD Director, University of Connecticut School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic
  • Valeria Gomez, JD, William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow, University of Connecticut School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic
  • Jennifer McQuaid, PhD Consulting Psychologist, Yale Center for Asylum Medicine
  • Ryan Handoko Yale School of Medicine Class of 2020
Submitted by Robert Forman on September 23, 2019