Los Angeles Human Rights Initiative

Physicians & Medical Students from LA’s top hospitals providing forensic medical evaluations for those seeking asylum.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide pro bono forensic medical evaluations for individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. on account of torture or other forms of persecution experienced in their home countries.

We hold annual trainings to educate physicians, residents and medical students on how to conduct forensic medical evaluations for people seeking asylum in the United States.

We hold annual trainings to educate physicians, residents and medical students on how to conduct forensic medical evaluations for people seeking asylum in the United States.

We perform forensic medical evaluations in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights, our legal partners and dedicated team of student and volunteer clinicians.

We perform forensic medical evaluations in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights, our legal partners and dedicated team of student and volunteer clinicians.

We conduct research on immigration and human rights to learn more about our clients and to provide data to better inform policy.

We conduct research on immigration and human rights to learn more about our clients and to provide data to better inform policy.

We work to advocate for our clients through petitions, attending rallies, and educating the public about immigration, asylum and human rights.

We work to advocate for our clients through petitions, attending rallies, and educating the public about immigration, asylum and human rights.

 

Our Research

 

 

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Who We are

 

A STUDENT RUN ASYLUM CLINIC…

The LA Human Rights Initiative is a student-run, faculty-supervised organization at UCLA. LAHRI runs an Asylum Clinic that provides pro bono forensic evaluations to asylum seekers and other immigrants and creates opportunities for experiential learning and professional development for medical students and residents.

LAHRI works in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) by matching asylum cases with clinic-affiliated clinicians.

More Information

 
 
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Get Involved

Our clinic is a student run clinic and we rely on volunteer clinicians to take cases and perform evaluation.  Our medical students run the entire operation of the clinic from training, to scheduling evaluations, to research and advocacy.  We are affiliate with the international organization, Physicians for Human Rights.