The Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights (WCCHR) is a faculty-supported, student-operated medical clinic dedicated to providing medical, gynecologic and psychiatric evaluations and affidavits for victims of torture and abuse. As part of that mission, the WCCHR offers training for healthcare workers and education for community members regarding issues related to torture and abuse.
The WCCHR offers its services at no cost, and operates in conjunction with the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC) to ensure long-term follow-up for clients who require ongoing medical and psychiatric care. It has been estimated that over 500,000 foreign-born torture survivors live in the United States and approximately 20 percent (100,000) of them reside in the New York metropolitan area.
In an asylum proceeding, healthcare professionals crucially provide documentation of torture and abuse, yet few medical schools offer a survivor evaluation curriculum to educate students and residents. The WCCHR was founded to meet this professional obligation, provide much-needed legal support for this vulnerable group, and train medical student, residents, and practicing physicians to recognize and evaluate victims of torture and abuse.
For further information and application details, please visit the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights.