FORENSIC EVALUATIONS

Attorneys may request physical, psychological and/or gynecological forensic evaluation(s) for their client's asylum case.

 

Please complete the following steps to request a forensic evaluation:

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FORENSIC EVALUATION REFERRAL

Determine whether a "Client Direct Referral" or "PHR Request" is most appropriate for your client's case

If your client is detained and/or requires a forensic evaluation urgently (within 8 weeks)... 

1.) Please email admin@HRIBuffalo.org with the following information:

  • Name of the client the request is being submitted for

  • The nature of the request

  • The deadline the affidavit is needed by

2.) Submit a forensic evaluation request through PHR (Forensic Evaluation Request Formas a "Client Direct Referral"

3.) Select "Buffalo Human Rights Initiative" from the Clinic Name dropdown menu

  • Please DO NOT submit a referral through the clinic direct method unless the forensic evaluation is urgent, we are a teaching clinic and it is to the benefit of the client if our clinicians can receive feedback on their affidavits before court submission.

  • If we deem your case non-urgent, we will submit your case to PHR and notify you of this change.

  • We would like to remind you that our clinicians are unbiased evaluators and there is always a possibility that our clinicians may reach a conclusion in their affidavit which is different from what you have hoped for in your case. Our clinicians will not modify general conclusion or themes of an affidavit.
     

4.) Continue to the WNYCST referral and Contact Information forms 

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If your client's hearing is more than 8 weeks away...

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1.) Submit a non-urgent forensic evaluation request through PHR (Forensic Evaluation Request Formas a "PHR Request" 

2.) In the Details of the Case section, be sure to indicate that you would like your evaluation performed by the Human Rights Initiative at the University of Buffalo

  • PHR requires a minimum of 8 weeks to screen a case and notify a clinician of a request.

  • It is important to include enough detail on your form submission to identify why your client is in need of a forensic.

  • Please note that we will do our best to meet your request. Our clinicians perform evaluation on a voluntary basis and although rare, there may be times when a clinician is not available.

  • We would like to remind you that our clinicians are unbiased evaluators and there is always a possibility that our clinicians may reach a conclusion in their affidavit which is different from what you have hoped for in your case. Our clinicians will not modify general conclusion or themes of an affidavit.

4.) Continue to the WNYCST referral and Contact Information forms 

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SURVIVORS OF TORTURE REFERRAL

We require all of our clients to be registered with the WNYCST

1. Please complete the attached Survivors of Torture (SOT) intake form
2. Submit the completed form to dbernas@jfswny.org and cc admin@HRIBuffalo.org

  • By submitting this form, your client can opt to receive additional resources through our partner, the Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture (WNYCST)

 
 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Submit the attorney contact form, and your evaluation request is complete

Contact us with any questions/concerns:

admin@HRIBuffalo.org

Complete the following form:

Type of Evaluation(s) being Requested:

Thank you for your submission, we will be in touch shortly.