Conducted by Dr. Asgary, this clinic interviews and examines political asylum-seekers for psychological and physical sequelae of human rights abuses and then provides them with a medical affidavit that attests to his findings. A medical affidavit significantly increases the chances that an asylee will be granted asylum. Through the EHRC, medical students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a number of clinical experiences. Students also will learn how to write a medical affidavit and draft one for a case they have observed.
Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the EHRC should come to the introductory workshop. Dr. Asgary's presentation will provide a basic foundation of: the types of human rights abuses; physical and emotional sequelae of human rights abuses; the process of applying for political asylum; the basics of physical and psychological evaluation; and drafting a medical affidavit