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Human Rights Initiative

This student-run organization helps facilitate medical and psychiatric forensic evaluations for survivors of torture and political violence who are seeking asylum in the United States.

Supports Victims of Torture in Asylum Process

Medical students act as scribes to assist in providing objective forensic examinations and creating affidavits based on their findings for use in legal asylum cases.

Documented forensic examinations significantly increase the likelihood that asylum seekers will be successful in obtaining protection in the U.S.

Involves Medical, Legal and Human Rights Fields

Founded by students in 2014, the organization’s mission is to be a beneficial tool in educating volunteers about the struggles of its clients, the legal side of asylum-seeking and the performance of forensic examinations.

It partners closely with the Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture through Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County to identify clients who may benefit from its assessments.