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2019 Forensic Asylum Examination and Documentation Training


2019 Forensic Asylum Examination and Documentation Training

The need for medical evaluations for asylum seekers has increased since the 2016 presidential election. This trend is happening for a couple reasons: more asylum seekers are being tried in court, rather than granted at the Asylum office; the Justice Department’s lawyers are more energetically opposing asylum claimants; and, ICE is arresting more people.

By performing forensic medical and/or psychological evaluations for asylum seekers, you can use your skills to help immigration officials make the right decisions for people who are fleeing torture and other forms of abuse.

This training will be open to all clinicians — including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, behavioral health clinicians, and students in any of these disciplines. Participants will learn how to perform rigorous forensic asylum evaluations using the Istanbul Protocol, an internationally accepted guideline for documenting torture.

The multi-disciplinary training team includes:

· Nurse practitioners and physicians from  Northern California Human Rights Clinic (formerly Highland Human Rights Clinic) with areas of expertise including female genital cutting, pediatrics and traumatic brain injury.

· A human rights lawyer from Pangea Legal Services

· A psychologist with expertise in forensic asylum evaluations and trauma-informed care

There is a $20 nonrefundable registration fee. Please read the FAQs below for additional information.


8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration, coffee

8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

o General Overview

o Asylum Law 101 and Tips on Court Testimony

o Guest Speaker

o Psychological Evaluations

o Traumatic Brain Injury in Torture Survivors

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch, Q&A, Networking

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

o Female Genital Cutting

o Pediatrics

o Physical Exam Findings: General Principles and Practice Session using Poll Everywhere app

o After The Evaluation: Writing Your Report, Correspondence and Testimony

o Ongoing Medical Care of Torture Survivors and Displaced People

o Next Steps: Tips for Getting Started in Your Clinic



Is there anything I need to do to prepare for this event?

Yes!  Please download the app Poll Everywhere in order to participate in physical exam practice questions. 

Is there a cost for attending this training?

The training and CME are free. However, we do request a nonrefundable $20 donation at registration to help defray food costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

We also request that participants complete the post-training survey in order to help us improve the training. Participants will receive an email invitation to complete the survey within one week of the training.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There will be 100 participants and a packed agenda. We will start on time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time to find parking and the room. 

Parking is available on the street. There are also two garages open to the public, including one below the HCP building with 176 spaces. There is a fee to park in either garage.

The event will be on the third floor of the Highland Care Pavilion (HCP) on the Highland Hospital campus, the same floor as the cafeteria. Food is allowed in the training room.  There will also be a light breakfast and lunch.

Are there continuing medical education credits available?

Yes. For participants with a DO, MD, NP, PA, PhD or PsyD license there will be 6 hours of CME given at the end of the event. For those with social work licenses, we are unfortunately not able to offer continuing education units.  For those with other licenses, please check with your licensing authority to see if AMA CMEs are accepted.  

CME must be claimed via the EEDS website. We encourage participants to set up an account now.  You will have limited time after the training to claim the CME.

Are there any training materials provided?

Participants will be given handouts for each portion of the training.  The format of the handouts (digital vs paper) is still being determined. If you like to take notes, please bring paper and pen.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please reach out to Suzanne Portnoy

Email: cGFwb3J0bm95IHwgYWxhbWVkYWhlYWx0aHN5c3RlbSAhIG9yZw== 

Mobile: 510-326-8574

Can’t make this date?

We will have another training next year. Also consider joining the UCSF training on September 14, 2019.  For information on the UCSF training contact: dWNzZiAhIGhyYyB8IHVjc2YgISBlZHU=.
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