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Kathryn Hampton MSt, MA


Kathryn Hampton serves as PHR's Asylum Program Deputy Director, manages PHR’s Asylum Program, an initiative that recruits, trains, and supports a network of clinicians to provide forensic evaluations for asylum seekers, to document violations of immigrant rights, and to advocate for human rights-based immigration policies. She has participated in PHR investigations in the United States and Mexico and co-authored PHR reports as well as articles in peer-reviewed medical and legal journals. Her work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, BBC, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Lancet. Hampton holds an MSt in international human rights law from the University of Oxford and an MA in refugee protection and forced migration studies from the University of London.

Eleanor Emery MD


Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Emery is an internist with the Department of Internal Medicine at Northern Navajo Medical Center and an Instructor of Medicine, Part-Time at Harvard Medical School. Ellie’s work includes clinical, advocacy, and research efforts focused on improving access to high quality, trauma-informed care for underserved communities. She has expertise in conducting forensic medical evaluations for people seeking asylum in the United States and is a member of the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Network. While in medical school, she served as the Executive Director of the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights before going on to found the Massachusetts General Hospital Asylum Clinic and the Los Angeles Human Rights Initiative at UCLA. Ellie has spoken on asylum and detention in multiple forums and trains other clinicians to conduct forensic medical evaluations. She currently serves as the Program Director of Asylum Medicine Education at the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy and in this capacity is leading a national initiative to create a virtual asylum medicine curriculum that is peer-reviewed, promotes sharing of expertise across institutions, and employs best practices in medical education.


Mehar Maju

Mehar Maju is a first-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is one of the Junior Co-Directors of the Asylum Evaluation Student Clinic at UWSOM. Prior to starting medical school, Mehar received her MPH from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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Yvette Efevbera, ScD, MSc

Dr. Yvette Efevbera is Advisor on Gender-Based Violence, Child Marriage and Gender Equality at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she leads strategy development and targeted investments to address barriers girls and women face. She has worked for over a decade across academic, non-profit, and philanthropic spaces at the intersection of research, programs, policy, and advocacy. Dr. Efevbera holds a Doctor of Science in Population and Reproductive Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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