Human Rights Collaborative

Doctor applying a stethoscope to a patient's chestAs part of the UCSF Health and Human Rights Initiative, the Human Rights Collaborative (HRC) is a student-run organization founded on the ideals of compassion, fairness, and respect for human rights. The mission of the HRC is to provide forensic documentation of the physical and psychological manifestations of torture and ill-treatment experienced by individuals applying for asylum in the United States.

What we do

  • Train clinicians on how to perform forensic evaluations and thus help build a network of providers in the Bay Area
  • Advocate for not only people seeking asylum but broader immigrant communities
  • Provide referrals to health and social services for the clients we serve

Our clinic model

The HRC partners with local and national service organizations and law offices to provide forensic evaluations either in-person during one of our monthly clinics, or virtually. The type of evaluation we conduct depends on the expertise of the respective clinician involved and the relative needs of the client. Please note that all referring attorneys provide legal interpreters during the evaluation.

At this time, our capacity is five clients per month. We conduct either psychological or physical evaluation, or a combination of the two. Cases are accepted and assigned dates based on a first come, first served principle, as well as with the recognition of urgent upcoming court dates. 

Monthly clinics are held at the UCSF Laurel Heights Village Campus.

HHRI & HRC's first ever Asylum Provider Training - September 14, 2019