Human Rights Clinic of Miami

OUR MISSION

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.

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SERVICES

Medical Evaluations

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.

Care Referrals

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.

Research

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.

Student Leadership

Julia Meguro

Programs Director

Jeimy Alfonso

Translator Manager

Kubra Kahn

Client Navigation Manager

Sara Shir

RedCAP Manager

Ana Carolina Sale

Client Navigator

Sarah Rinehart

Scheduling Director

Aryana Gharagozloo

Follow-up Manager

Terry Derias

Client Nav Database Manager

Marina Plesons

Pediatrics Manager

Kiki Dowell

Client Navigator

Erin Albertini

Evaluations Director

Thuy-vi Nguyen

Evaluations Director

Isabelle Akinyemiju

Client Nav Database Manager

Samantha Mosle

Physician Recruiter

Olivia Perez

Client Navigator

MEDICAL LEADERSHIP

Stephen Symes, MD
Medical director

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
Residency Director

FORMER STAFF

VOLUNTEER

The Human Rights Clinic of Miami is looking for interpreters to assist during our evaluations. To apply, fill out the form below and our Translator Manager, Frederico Erhart will reach out.