Mental Health Evaluators

Communicating Effectively Through an Interpreter

Cross Cultural Health Care Program (1998)

This excellent 28-minute video helps providers with: choosing an appropriate interpreter; recognizing the signs of professional and unprofessional interpretation; working effectively with a trained interpreter; guiding an untrained interpreter.
Note: Available for purchase; cost $150 in 2012

Istanbul Protocol: Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1999

When considering psychological consequences of torture, see, particularly, section VI, Psychological Evidence of Torture, pages 43-56.

When writing affidavits, see, particularly, Annex IV, Guidelines for medical evaluation of torture and ill-treatment, pages 70-72.

Available in a variety of languages.

Disparities in Justice and Care: Persons With Severe Mental Illnesses in the U.S. Immigration Detention System

Ochoa, K, Pleasants, G, Penn, J and Stone, D (2010), Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law 38:392–9

The authors review the unique public health and legal problems that arise when a person with a severe mental illness is detained within the U.S. immigration system. Emerging standard of care and human rights concerns implicated by this topic require diligent scrutiny from a forensic, legal, and advocacy perspective and make this an important area for increased awareness among forensic psychiatrists.

Immigration Detention

American Civil Liberties Union
The Department of Homeland Security assumes that mass detention is the key to immigration enforcement. But in fact, our detention system locks up hundreds of thousands of immigrants unnecessarily every year, exposing detainees to brutal and inhumane conditions of confinement at massive costs to American taxpayers.
The ACLU dedicates a section of their website dedicated to the issue of immigrants in detention, listing resources, up-to-date data and advocacy tools.

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