The Atlanta Asylum Network
Thousands of people from all over the world come to the United
States seeking asylum each year. Many of them have been physically
or psychologically tortured in their native countries. There are
numerous organizations throughout the United States whose mission is
to assist those in search of safety and freedom from persecution.
Last year, group of committed volunteers from Physicians for Human
Rights and the Emory University Center for Humans Rights formed
Atlanta Asylum Network.
The Atlanta Asylum Network is dedicated to
facilitating political asylum for torture survivors by providing
medical and psychological evaluations to support a person‚s case for
asylum. Certain criteria must be met before the Atlanta
Asylum Network agrees to take a case; and one of them is
having legal representation. Legal representation plays a major role
in the success of achieving asylum status in this country.
Unfortunately some requests for asylum may not be valid or viable
enough to withstand the rigors of achieving asylum status.
The Atlanta Asylum Network may get 1-3 cases per
month. The case is usually presented to the Network by the
attorney of the person seeking asylum. Tighter U.S.
immigration restrictions have reduced the number of asylum seeking
cases significantly. Persons entering the U.S. without a visa are
automatically sent to a detention center and held there until their
case for admittance is heard. Their case, at times, may not be
reviewed until 12 Ų 18 months later. Upon review, there is no
guarantee that the person will achieve asylum.
Institute for Human Rights
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