Doctors of the World-USA (DOW) currently maintains the Human Rights Clinic, DOW’s largest project. Human Rights Clinic trains medical and mental health clinicians to recognize and document indications of torture among people who seek refuge in the United States from torture. All of their clients seek asylum based on claim of having been tortured. To date they have served more than 1,000 people from more than 100 countries. Over 100,000 immigrants in New York City have survived torture according to estimates from the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The project goal is to evaluate the capacity of medical centers in New York City’s five boroughs to respond to the unique needs of torture survivors by examining the centers’ existing protocols and screening mechanisms to identify victims of torture. This evaluation will also serve to determine whether said medical centers are interested in developing skills to effectively assess sand serve torture victims.