The Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights (WCCHR) is a medical
student-run human rights clinic dedicated to providing forensic medical evaluations to survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the United
States. Founded in 2010 through a partnership with
Physicians for Human Rights, WCCHR is the first student-run asylum
clinic at a U.S. medical school and has been heralded as the model for
future asylum evaluation programs. Our organization is comprised of a
diverse and growing team of volunteer clinicians and
medical students committed to serving asylum seekers and educating health professionals and the general public about the asylum process.
- The Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights invites you to join us for an evening of musical performances, holiday drinks, and merrymaking at our winter holiday party on Friday, December 13th. Let’s celebrate the season with holiday themed musical performances ranging from opera to rap and everything in between! Then cap the night off with festive drinks and treats, and mix and mingle by our chocolate fondue fountain. Ticket price includes drinks and treats. Buy your tickets here.
- The AAMC featured WCCHR in an article entitled "Global Health: Medical Education and Training Help Torture Survivors build a New Life." Read it here.
- WCCHR is excited and honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the first annual Marcus M. Reidenberg Award in Community Service. This award recognizes the collective efforts of students for outstanding contribution to the community.
- On April 26th, 2013, a WCCHR Student Board member
and one of WCCHR’s three Medical Directors traveled to Denver to present a poster entitled "Teaching Advocacy: a model for clinical skills development and human rights-based service learning" at the Society of General Internal Medicine's 36th Annual Meeting.
- In April 2013, five members of WCCHR's Student Board presented at the 2013 Conable Conference in International Studies in Rochester, New York. This year's conference was titled "Gender, Violence, and Justice in the Age of Globalization." Our students presented on factors that affect an asylum applicant's ability to meet the one year bar filing deadline, which requires individuals to apply for asylum within one year of their arrival in the United States, using data from HealthRight International.
- In February 2013, WCCHR completed its 100th forensic evaluation.