Elsa Raker works in PHR’s Asylum Program, providing support to a network of more than 1,700 clinicians who conduct pro bono forensic evaluations to asylum seekers. She contributes to PHR’s growing partnerships with medical school clinics, and assists with the Asylum Program’s forensic evaluation trainings for medical professionals. Prior to joining PHR, Elsa interned at the International Rescue Committee, providing services to refugee and asylee clients resettling in New York City. She also interned with BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in the West Bank, where she was part of a research team investigating the ongoing forced displacement of Palestine refugees. She has previously volunteered for No More Deaths to provide humanitarian aid to migrants walking across the Mexico-US border through the Sonoran desert.
Raker holds a BA in Human Rights from Bard College and speaks intermediate Spanish.