Highland Hospital Human Rights Clinic

HRC is an Oakland-based clinic embedded in Alameda County’s safety-net healthcare system. HRC was founded in 2001 to provide primary care to victims of torture and other forms of abuse.

We have a threefold mission:

  1. To provide excellent, longitudinal medical care for victims of torture and abuse which is trauma informed, culturally appropriate, and tailored to the patient’s region of origin.
  2. To document physical and psychological sequelae of torture and abuse (including female genital mutilation) in forensic reports on behalf of asylum-seekers, and to provide expert testimony in Federal Immigration Court.
  3. To train doctors, nurses, social workers, and other clinicians in the care of newly arrived immigrants and forensic examination for evidence of torture and abuse.

Our multidisciplinary team of clinicians provide medical care, including screening for chronic infectious diseases based on region of origin, and conduct 80-100 forensic evaluations annually. We work closely with local partners, including NCTTP member Partnerships in Trauma Recovery, to give our patients the biopsychosocial and legal help they need to begin rebuilding their lives.

HRC has been influenced and inspired by the work of leaders in the fields of forensic evaluation, trauma-informed care, and immigrant health, many of whom are members of NCTTP. We are honored to be a part of the Consortium and to have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with programs serving displaced and traumatized people all over the United States.

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1411 E 31st St
Oakland, CA 94602

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