Resources for Working with Asylum Seekers

PsySRBelow are selected listings of asylum-related resources and organizations. We welcome suggestions for additions.

Asylum-Related Resources

Examining Asylum Seekers
A comprehensive manual from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) can be downloaded as a PDF at this page. It provides a guide to medical and psychological evaluations of torture for health professionals. Interested health professionals can volunteer to be part of PHR’s asylum evaluation referral network HERE.

From Persecution to Prison: The Health Consequences of Detention for Asylum Seekers
This comprehensive report from Physicians for Human Rights and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture documents the adverse mental health consequences of detention for asylum seekers.

Istanbul Protocol
This manual from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides information on the effective investigation and documentation of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

U.S. Detention of Asylum Seekers: Seeking Protection, Finding Prison
This report from Human Rights First reports on the current wave of immigration detentions and offers recommendations for how the U.S. can maintain its security while also living up to its commitments to those who seek protection from persecution.

Asylum-Related Organizations and Websites

The Center for Victims of Torture
CVT works to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to stop torture worldwide.

Detention Watch Network
DWN is a coalition that addresses the immigration detention crisis to reform the U.S. detention and deportation system so that all who come to our shores receive fair and humane treatment.

Ken Pope Resources
This webpage from Dr. Kenneth Pope’s website provides resources for those helping torture survivors, refugees, and asylum-seekers.

Human Rights First
Human Rights First protects people at risk: refugees who flee persecution, victims of crimes against humanity or other mass human rights violations, victims of discrimination, those whose rights are eroded in the name of national security, and human rights advocates who are targeted for defending the rights of others.

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is an independent, international health professional organisation that promotes and supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and works for the prevention of torture worldwide.

The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture
The Medical Foundation, a registered charity established in 1985, is the only organisation in the United Kingdom dedicated solely to the treatment of torture survivors.

National Center for PTSD
The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

National Immigrant Justice Center
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Physicians for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them.

Third Circuit Immigration Blog
An immigration blog that focuses on immigration issues decided by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals or within the third circuit.

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International
TASSC is an organization founded by and for torture survivors. It’s mission is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are.

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