Seeking asylum is a human right. A right that not only saves lives and provides protection from unspeakable violence, but offers those fleeing terrible atrocities a chance to start over.

 

Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court has decided to allow the Trump administration to block those who seek asylum at the U.S. southern border without first applying and being denied in another country. This ‘third country’ asylum rule practically bars all asylum seekers from seeking refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border, seriously undermining the United States’ standing as a safe haven.

PHR’s team of researchers has been on the front lines, documenting the unthinkable violence and persecution these asylum seekers have experienced and ensuring the right to seek asylum is protected in the United States.

 

We will not stop our work, but we need your help now more than ever. When it comes to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, it’s about the fundamental right to asylum and protecting the health and well-being of asylum seekers.

 

Make no mistake — this Supreme Court decision means children and families will continue to be subjected to threats and violence in their home countries, further jeopardizing their mental and physical well-being.  

 

And while we’ve been dealt a significant blow, our work must continue. After 30 years of providing forensic evaluations to asylum seekers, 90 percent of whom are granted asylum, we know the crucial role asylum plays in saving lives.

 

Please consider making an emergency donation to Physicians for Human Rights today. Your gift today is critical to helping us keep up this fight.

Please reach out to the PHR Asylum Committee for an questions: phr.asylumrefugee@gmail.com

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