Focus Areas | Persecution and Asylum

Global conflicts, civil wars, and injustice have driven immigration to an all-time high since 1990. Seeking asylum from persecution is a human right.

Tens of thousands of people seek safety through the complex and restrictive U.S. immigration process each year. Survivors of torture, domestic abuse, trafficking, and other forms of persecution often have nothing more than their own words to substantiate their claims to asylum. Health professionals can document compelling evidence — physical and psychological signs of trauma — that can make the difference between safety in the United States and forcible return to countries of persecution if presented in an asylum seeker’s application.

Ninety percent of asylum seekers evaluated by PHR network members gain a favorable result for their asylum cases.

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