Medical Clinics That Treat Refugees Help Determine The Case For Asylum

Juan Lopez Aguilar (left), a Maya man who fled violence in Guatemala three years ago, tells Dr. Nick Nelson he fears returning to the land of his birth. "There are a lot of gangs," he tells the doctor. "They want to kill people in my community."

It often falls to health care providers to discern whether the asylum-seekers who say they’ve been tortured or persecuted in their homeland bear physical and psychological evidence of that harm.

(Image credit: Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News)

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