To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult;
it is a badge of strength, courage, and victory.

[Tennessee Office for Refugees]




The Human Rights Initiative was founded in July 2014 to meet the growing needs of the asylum-seeking population of Western New York. We are a medical student-run asylum clinic that collaborates with licensed healthcare professionals to provide forensic evaluations for survivors of torture and/or persecution seeking asylum in the United States.

We are driven by the knowledge that the forensic examinations we conduct significantly increase the likelihood of asylum seekers successfully obtaining protection in the United States. Our organization also serves to bring awareness to pertinent issues affecting human rights' worldwide so we can equip the next generation of doctors with preparedness to facilitate change.