Human Rights Clinic of Miami
The Human Rights Clinic of Miami (HRC) is an independent collection of medical students, residents, and attending physicians who dedicate their time and ability to provide impartial physical and psychiatric evaluations for asylum seekers and refugees in the United States.
We volunteer our services as clinical evaluators of human rights abuse to provide an objective evidence base for the courts. We conduct research to advance the academy’s understanding of how to best help our marginalized patient population. We connect patients to specialized care that serves their unique needs.
2020 In review
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Our clinic provides medical evaluations for asylum seekers referred to us by our legal partners. The main goal of these medical evaluations is to provide picture of an individual’s overall health and document instances of human rights abuse. Evidence collected during these evaluations is translated to a an affidavit, a medical-legal document that can be used in the courts to support their claim for asylum.
Training Future Human Rights Physicians
In addition to serving our population, our clinic seeks to train medical professionals – including medical students, residents, and physicians – to become leaders in the human rights field. By continuously training professionals in evaluating asylum seekers, we hope to create a sustainable model for training a workforce to meet the needs of our unique population.
In order to maintain our role as impartial witnesses of human rights abuse in the courts, we do not provide direct medical or psychological care to our clients. Our services are restricted to an interview and physical/psychological exam that will result in a medical affidavit for the client that he/she may use as part of his/her case. However, we are currently in the process of developing a process for referring our clients to local clinics and free resources to meet their health needs.
In addition to our mission to serve our population, we are actively engaged in research to continuously improve the services that we provide. We are always looking to work with interested partners on improving knowledge on the health and needs of our population.
Abigail Woltering - Programs Director
Lousiana State University
Federico Erhart - Translator Manager
Miami Dade College
Sanjana Satish - Client Nav Manager
Sapna Kedia - Training Curriculum Project Manager
Luis Gonzalez - Client Navigator
Serene Shehadeh - Evaluations Director
Coconut Creek, FL
University of Miami
Jason Codrington - REDCap/Web Manager
William Paterson University
Mikayla Bowen - Client Nav DB Coordinator
Priyashma Joshi - Pediatrics Manager
University of Virginia
Kiki Dowell - Client Navigator
Lien Morcate - Scheduling Director
University of Pennsylvania
Manish Narasimman - Follow-up Manager
Roshni Lalwani - Client Nav DB Coordinator
Brooke Oppenhuizen - Physician Recruiter
Menlo Park, CA
Alyssa Cruz - Client Navigator
Stephen Symes, MD
Dr. Symes is appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Symes is an Associate Professor of Medicine – Division of Infectious Diseases with the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. Dr. Symes completed medical education at Howard University in 1989 and residency training in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Medical Center in 1992. He served as Chief Medical Resident at the VA Medical Center in Miami, joined the faculty with the Department of Medicine in 1994, served as Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency program in 1997, and was promoted to Program Director in June 2006.
Dr. Symes has clinical activities on HIV and AIDS. As Program Director for the Jay Weiss Residency in Global Health and Social Medicine (10-05 to present), he developed a pathway to train future physician leaders in global/domestic health program administration and advocacy, preparing them to effect change in health/social policy. The four-year program pathway within the residency program leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and completion of a Master’s in Public Health.
Anjali Saxena, MD