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Elective Rotation: Asylum Evaluation and Human Rights

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Contact: Mary Puttmann-Kostecka, Lucia Roncalli

Location: Vista

1) Asylum evaluations on Mondays with Lucia plus 1-2 half days to complete the write up. Will also need to do about 1hr of prep work reading the declaration ahead of time. The first one is a shadow and learning experience. Residents must commit to doing a second one and doing the write up if they want to begin this process. These interview normally take 4-6 hours to complete and the writeups around 3-5 in spurts (with edits etc.).
2) Visits to the San Francisco Immigration court. Cases can last one to four hours (or more). Arrange through Lucia and the Robert B Jobe Law Office. It’s an incredible experience that gives perspective to what we’re doing, why and the experience the applicant will have to go through after you interview them.
3) Human Rights reading: Lucia has a significant amount of reading available that delves both into the exam itself as well as the broader context of human rights.

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Asylum Evaluation

From: Nicole Baltrushes

I too arranged to do asylum interviews with Lucia on Mondays of my elective selective with 1-2 hald days to complete the write-up. We spent one of the mondays focusing on more in depth Somatic Experiencing Training and planning a small one-day in-service for interested residents. This is a highly valuable training experience and I recommend it to any resident interested in human rights.

Asylum evaluation

From: Alisa Awtry

I spent Mondays of ES with Lucia. The first week was one-on-one didactics at her home. The format lended itself well to asking questions easily and tailoring it to my interests as well as weaker areas of knowledge. The second week was shadowing Lucia during an asylum interview and then assisting with the write up. As has been mentioned, starting the process requires you to commit to doing at least one interview and write-up yourself. It's been an incredible experience so far.

Asylum

From: Laura Kromann

I spent Mondays of ES with Lucia. The first week was one-on-one didactics at her home. The format was great I was able to ask questions easily and tailoring it to my interests as well as weaker areas of knowledge. The second week was shadowing Lucia during an asylum interview and then assisting with the write up. As has been mentioned, starting the process requires you to commit to doing at least one interview and write-up yourself. It's been an incredible experience so far. I am looking forward to doing the next interview on my own. This is a highly valuable training experience and I recommend it to any resident interested in human rights.

Asylum Evaluation

From: Dwiju Kumar

I spent a Monday with Lucia to do asylum didactics at her home. It was a great day filled with learning at my own pace about human rights and how we as physicians can help in the process. It has been difficult to schedule time to do further evaluations as Lucia has been out of the country many of the times I have had elective over the past 2 years. There have also been times when evaluations were scheduled and the client has declined to have residents at the last minute. However, I am hoping to do an evaluation at my next elective. It is a great experience for anyone interested in refuge/asylum seeker health and in advocating for human rights.