Asylum Network Symposium


Saturday, October 20, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, October 21, 2018 (All day)




The Harvard Student Human Rights Collaborative (HSHRC) invites you to join the Boston Asylum Network Symposium and Training! Both the symposium and training are open to the members of the public. This event is co-sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), the MGH Asylum Clinic, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. 


On Saturday, October 20, we are hosting the first Boston Asylum Network Symposium to bring together groups working on asylum issues in the Boston area. This symposium will serve as a space for interprofessional collaboration and advocacy, especially in light of recent changes in immigration and asylum policy.


People from all professions — including physicians, attorneys, social workers, and students — are welcome to attend the symposium, as well as lead a workshop or session. The symposium is free. Full details about the symposium’s schedule will be available soon. Speakers include:

Susannah Sirkin, MEd — PHR Director of International Policy and Partnerships/Senior Advisor

Sondra Crosby, MD and Kathleen Flinton, LICSW — Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center

Sabrineh Ardalan, JD — assistant director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program


On Sunday, October 21, we are hosting an Asylum Network Training. PHR's Asylum Network consists of over 500 health professionals throughout the US who offer pro bono psychological and physical evaluations to document evidence of torture and other human rights abuses for men, women, and children fleeing persecution in their home countries. Trained medical students assist in both the medical evaluation and preparation of an affidavit that helps to support each client's legal case for asylum.


Following the training, Harvard-affiliated students, physicians, and social workers are encouraged to join the HMS Asylum Clinic and MGH Asylum Clinic and conduct forensic evaluations for asylum cases. Details on the process of joining and training will be available at the training.


Target audience for the training includes MDs, NPs, PsyDs, PhDs in clinical psychology, LCSWs, and medical students, but all are welcome to attend. Training is free for ALL students and for Harvard-affiliated clinicians and faculty members, but we welcome all donations if you would like to purchase a ticket. The training costs $50 otherwise. 

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Event details:

Saturday, October 20, 2018: Boston Asylum Network Symposium

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Harvard Medical School campus in Longwood Medical Area


Sunday, October 21, 2018: Harvard/PHR Asylum Network Training

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Harvard Medical School campus in Longwood Medical Area


Please contact Sofia Hu at with any questions.


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