More than 1,100 health professionals across the United States are members of the PHR Asylum Network. Join their ranks today.
- Apply! Fill out the application form.You will receive a welcome email once your application has been processed.
- Attend an Asylum Training. PHR requires asylum volunteers to receive training before taking cases. Sign up for upcoming trainings here.
- You’re officially an Asylum Network member! PHR will email you with potential cases; once you accept a case, the case attorney will contact you to schedule an evaluation.
PHR Process for Matching Clinicians with Asylum Cases
- Joining the Network: Medical professionals sign up to be volunteer evaluators through PHR (or an affiliated PHR clinic).
- Asylum Training: All volunteers are required to attend training. Additional evaluation aids are available here.
- Volunteer Outreach: PHR emails local case options to volunteer evaluators regularly. Evaluators reply with their interest in a case.
- Case Placement: PHR confirms evaluator case placement, and provides attorney with evaluator contact information.
- Scheduling: The asylum client’s attorney contacts the volunteer evaluator to schedule an evaluation for the asylum client.
- Evaluation: The evaluation occurs at a location convenient for the volunteer evaluator: the volunteer’s office or – if the client is detained – at the detention center.
- Affidavit (testimony possible): The volunteer evaluator writes up the evidence gathered in the form of an affidavit for use during the asylum trial. Oral testimony is sometimes requested.
- Asylum Case Outcome: The attorney submits an outcome report to PHR, and the outcome is then shared with the volunteer evaluator.