Hannah Houpt (she/her) is the Asylum Program Coordinator at Physicians for Human Rights. She coordinates forensic medical evaluations for asylum seekers across the country, supports the Program’s networks of volunteer evaluators and human rights clinics, and contributes to research and advocacy efforts.
Before joining PHR, Hannah provided clinical and case management services to survivors of displacement and trauma in various resettlement organizations, refugee camps, asylum centers, shelters, and hospitals. Among the organizations she has worked with are the International Rescue Committee, the Columbia Human Rights Initiative Asylum Clinic, and the Sandholm Asylum Center. Additionally, Hannah has conducted research on immigrant mental health and healthcare accessibility with Médecins Sans Frontières and was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer prior to the pandemic. Hannah has worked in Thailand, Denmark, Moldova, and Mexico.
Hannah grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and received her B.A. in International Conflict Resolution and Anthropology from DePauw University. She holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University in Clinical Social Work and International Affairs, both focused on human rights and forced migration.