The Mount Sinai Human Rights Program (MSHRP) is dedicated to a world united against the inhumane treatment of any person. The program seeks to advance health, dignity, and justice, both locally and globally, by providing pro-bono, trauma-informed medical assessments and mental health evaluations to asylum seekers to the U.S., in the community and in immigration detention centers, who are survivors of torture or human rights abuses. The program provides holistic, culturally responsive care, while also addressing the longer term needs of individuals and families of survivors through its Accessing Continuing Care and Essential Social Services (ACCESS) team. ACCESS works with Mount Sinai social workers, clinicians, and partner organizations to provide linkages to social services, continuity primary care, and psychological care, both within the Mount Sinai health system and with outside centers. This assures that survivors have access to healthcare, food, clothing, basic housing, English classes, and support systems such as Medicaid. Additionally, ACCESS works with refugee resettlement organizations to help clients who are eligible to work achieve job training.
Beyond its clinical mission, the MSHRP serves as a laboratory for modelling innovative modes of research and teaching about human rights violations in order to further advancements in care. We aim to move health and human rights forward and to promote social justice by educating healthcare professionals, students, and the broader community through a human rights framework. This is achieved through trainings on the forensic evaluations of asylum seekers and human rights issues in forced migration, as well as through engagement in advocacy work.
The MSHRP formalized its current hybrid faculty-student model in 2016 within the Department of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine, and students now serve in crucial leadership roles in all aspects of the program: assistance with clinical services, education, research, and advocacy. The program currently provides medical and mental health evaluations to over 100 survivors of human rights abuses a year and maintains a corps of over 30 clinicians from across the Mount Sinai Health System.
We are grateful to be able to work with asylum seekers whose resilience and humanity have taught us so much. We are also so pleased to be able to count ourselves as a member of the NCTTP, and to be able to share knowledge and expertise with partner organizations who are true leaders and committed to the care of survivors of torture.
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