Asylum Evaluation Project Volunteer
Asylum Evaluation Project volunteer clinicians provide psychological evaluations of torture survivors and other survivors of abuse seeking asylum or other types of immigration relief in the United States. Volunteers conduct evaluations in order to determine whether a client’s claims of abuse are credible given the psychological evidence, then prepare a written affidavit based on the clinical findings which becomes part of the client’s application for immigration relief. Volunteers determine the extent of their involvement based on the number of evaluations they are able to do per year. Training, consultation, and regular support group meetings are available.
Qualifications: Current independent clinical license in MA, familiarity with diagnosis and diagnostic interviewing, ability to prepare affidavit in a timely manner. Excellent writing skills and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of trauma survivors are helpful. Bilingual clinicians are especially welcome, particularly Spanish, French, and Arabic speakers, though this is not a requirement.