Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers

Healthcare professionals can make a powerful and unique contribution to individuals seeking asylum by providing forensic medical evaluations (FME). They 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. 

This pre-course will provide an introduction for clinicians with no experience performing FME that will prepare attendees to begin conducting such evaluations. We will review the history and legal basis of asylum, the physical and psychological assessment of asylum seekers and how to write affidavits. More advanced topics will include evaluation of individuals subjected to gender-based violence and LGBTQI individuals, working with trainees, becoming an advocate and an update on asylum at the southern border.

Faculty will include asylum medicine experts Joanne Ahola, Ellie Emery, Hope Ferdowsian, Matt Garland, Alisa Gutman, Michel Khoury, Katherine McKenzie, Ranit Mishori, Karen Musalo, Deborah Ottenheimer, Sural Shah, and Amy Zeidan.


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