Jefferson Students for Human Rights

Membership Eligibility: All Jefferson Students

Membership Dues or Fees: None

Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic, a collaboration between Jefferson and Perelman School of Medicine, is a student-run group that works to pair physician volunteers with asylum seekers to provide them with forensic evaluations. Each evaluation is conducted by physician or psychologist and documented by a student volunteer, who helps to draft the legal affidavit. The purpose of the evaluation is to objectively document history of prior torture or abuse. It has been shown that asylum-seekers who receive forensic evaluations are more likely to be granted asylum by judges in the U.S. 

Another purpose of Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic shall be to provide a forum for students to explore and discuss the role of health care providers in preventing, documenting and putting an end to human rights violations. Specific issues that will be addressed include torture, mass atrocities, stopping rape in war and persecution of health workers. Lectures by knowledgeable speakers from the community will foster conversation and education about the importance that health care workers play in putting an end to human rights violations. 

The larger national organization that oversees this work, Physicians for Human Rights, sends the necessary personnel to university campuses in order to train physicians to conduct such evaluations. By being a part of the Physicians for Human Rights National Student program, our organization has the ability to connect with other students and health professionals with similar interests. In addition, the PHR National Student Program supports student advocacy by offering resources and training. 


Organization Email:

President: Nichad Rahman, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Treasurer: Malika Madhava, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Operations Director: Richard McEntee, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Outreach Coordinator: Margaret Szot, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Student Organization Advisor:
Ellen Plumb
, MD, Assistant Professor and Director of Special Projects; Department of Family and Community Medicine
1015 Walnut St., Suite 401 | 215-534-3552