Our program is currently involved in several consultations on trauma psychology with a range of advocates working around the globe with survivors of grave human rights violations.
Refugee Relocation and Humanitarian Parole for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
Humanitarian Parole Project for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
The Program has collaborated with international human rights lawyers to provide psychiatric evaluations and expert opinions in immigration legal processes invoking mental health outcomes as a basis for humanitarian parole. More than 60 individuals from post-earthquake Haiti have won humanitarian parole on the basis of trauma-related mental health outcomes.
Safe Relocation for Refugees and other Vulnerable Survivors of Human Rights Violations through Immigration Protections (Middle East)
Based on the successes of the Humanitarian Parole Project in Haiti, the Lab has collaborated with international human rights lawyers to provide psychiatric evaluations and expert opinions aimed at immigration courts and policy makers in effort to assist with the safe relocation of survivors from the civil war in Syria. The project centers on the Middle East, with Syrian and Iraqi victims of war crimes as the major focus. Many survivors have won humanitarian visas into the EU or other countries, and out of unsafe circumstances.
Founded in 1999 as the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, the Center moved to Stanford in 2014 with transitional support from Dr. Haruhisa Handa. For five years, we operated under the name WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice. In 2019 we became known simply as the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
Founding Director David Cohen, on the history of the Center's name