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Northern California Human Rights Clinic (Alameda Health System)

Services Provided
Medical Services
Referral Information

Please email Bethlehem Desta at [email protected].

NCHRC is a clinic within Alameda Health System that primarily provides forensic medical and psychological evaluations (including FGM/C evaluations) for people seeking asylum and other forms of relief from deportation (e.g. protection under the Convention Against Torture, U-visas, etc) who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of our patients are referred by immigration attorneys but we are happy to be directly contacted by people who think they could use our services.  We also strive to link all patients we see with primary medical care, psychological services, and social services as needed.

The primary contacts for HRC are our Administrative Coordinator Bethlehem Desta, who can be reached by email at [email protected], and our Clinical Coordinator Brooke Bekele, who can be reached by email at [email protected].

We are physically located inside the Eastmont Wellness Center at 6955 Foothill Blvd in Oakland, CA 94605.  We are collocated with Alameda Health System’s Refugee Health Clinic, which provides newcomer screening for refugees assigned to Alameda County.

NCHRC is a member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.

Do you have to be a survivor of torture to be eligible for your services?


If someone is not eligible for your services do you assist with local referrals?


Key Partners in Direct Care (Please send referrals to healing center first)

  • Mental Health: Partnerships for Trauma Recovery
  • Legal: Centro Legal de la Raza, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Pangea Legal Services
  • Social Services: Alameda Health System (parent organization) and Partnerships for Trauma Recovery