Welcome to the UCSF Health and Human Rights Initiative

UCSF has an opportunity to fulfill its promise towards advancing health worldwide by uplifting a healthy climate towards immigrants, international asylum law and human rights protections.

In the spirit of partnering to achieve health equity, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics, along with members of the Trauma Recovery Center / Survivors International, UCSF School of Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and clinics, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and many others have united in an unprecedented commitment to address this challenge to our community’s and country’s health. The UCSF Health and Human Rights Initiative (HHRI) brings together multidisciplinary partners with decades-long expertise in health services for immigrants.

HHRI’s work includes providing services, training and education, community partnership, research, and advocacy. Our first efforts included a medical student elective on asylum health, a monthly clinic offering pro bono medical and psychological forensic affidavits, and coordination of asylum evaluations across partner sites. HHRI sponsored a community-wide training to catalyze skill development for local health professionals in forensic affidavit international standards. As a centralized structure for our referring partners, HHRI will serve as a foundation to facilitate increased access to asylum evaluations and primary health referrals, ongoing training and mentorship, and will serve as a hub for collaboration on research and advocacy across disciplines.

I can’t express (in writing, at least) how grateful I am for your extraordinarily thoughtful and detailed draft. The client and I reflected on Tuesday about her experience with you all. She felt seen, heard, supported, and empowered by your grounding, empathetic, and trauma-informed wisdom and care. She sang your and your team’s praises, and even shared she left the clinic site feeling content. Thank you.


A quick overview of HHRI