Healthcare professionals can make a powerful and unique contribution to individuals seeking asylum by providing forensic medical evaluations (FME). Clinicians possess the skills necessary for writing impactful medical-legal affidavits based on objective assessments of physical, functional and psychological scars related to persecution and torture.
The Society for Refugee Healthcare Providers presented an asylum training course that provided an introduction and overview of asylum medicine. We reviewed the history and legal basis of asylum, the physical and psychological assessment of asylum seekers and how to write affidavits. More advanced topics included evaluation of individuals subjected to gender-based and LGBTQI-related violence, evaluating children, guidance for working with trainees, the importance of advocacy, vicarious trauma and self-care and an update on asylum at the US southern border.
Faculty included asylum law and medicine experts Katherine McKenzie, Joanne Ahola, Eleanor Emery, Jennifer McQuaid, Janine Young, Joseph Shin, Linda Hill, Anjali Niyogi, Leora Hudak, Alison Beckman, Hope Ferdowsian, Matt Gartland, Alisa Gutman, Karen Musalo, Deborah Ottenheimer, Katherine Peeler, Vidya Ramanathan and Amy Zeidan.
This virtual course was held over the weekend October 24th and 25th. The presentations have been recorded and can be watched here until December 31st 2020. **Links to recordings coming soon!**