A few hours per month
420 w 24 St
Research Institute Without Walls is looking for a volunteer attorney. Our Bay Area Asylum Mental Health Project links San Francisco Bay Area immigration attorneys with mental health clinicians who can provide psychological evaluations for asylum seekers. The Project has over 60 clinicians in the Bay Area who provide pro bono or low fee evaluations for asylum seekers. We have served dozens of asylum seekers who otherwise would be unlikely to have their asylum application supported by the expertise of a licensed mental health clinician, when they present themselves to the Asylum Officer or Immigration Court. According to a study by Physicians for Human Rights, asylum seekers who have the benefit of a psychological or medical evaluation almost double their changes of receiving asylum: Without mental health or medical evaluation, 40% asylum grant. With an evaluation: 80% grant rate.
Our work helps double the chances that asylum seekers have their voice heard. Many asylum seekers are not effective witnesses on their behalf because of a history of multiple traumatic events. Mental health clinicians evaluate and provide expert opinion that helps explain what asylum seekers themselves may struggle to tell adjudicators.
The legal work that we need done includes assisting with re-registering RIWW as a CA based not for profit, and guiding us to ensure compliance with regulations for not for profits and 501c3 organizations. We could also use advice on HIPAA related issues. The time requirement is minimal and can be done remotely.
How To Apply
Dear idealist applicant,
Please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a brief description of your interest in working with asylum seekers and attach a CV.
Ariel Shidlo, PhD