ARIZONA ASYLUM NETWORK

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ARIZONA STAFF

    • Sarah Holliday (she/her), Clinical Supervisor

    • Genesis Cardenas (she/her), Asylum Outreach Coordinator

    • George Miller (they/she), Interim Network Coordinator

For more information about Arizona-based network services and volunteer opportunities, email us:

For inquiries about the wider EAHR program, please contact our National Support Team.

Before you submit a referral, please review the program policies and procedures

About the Arizona Asylum Network:

The EAHR program is built upon the foundations of the "Arizona Asylum Network" (AAN) established in November 2018 by two residents at Banner University Hospital, Dr. Amy Rogers Guyton and Dr. Samantha Varner, as a response to the disproportionate nature of the need for these evaluations and the number of clinicians who were trained and available to provide them. In the first two years, 60 providers were trained and the network received evaluation requests for 76 asylum seekers.

In July 2020, the International Rescue Committee formally acquired the AAN to help build the network’s capacity and meet the growing need for evaluations in Arizona. In 2021, the AAN was integrated into the newly-established Evaluation Alliance for Human Rights.

World map of countries of origin served by the Arizona Asylum Network. 56% were from Mexico and Central America. 8% were from the Caribbean. 12% were from Central Africa. 20% were from East Africa. 4% were from Europe and Asia.Statistics for types of trauma sustained by applicants who received evaluations from the Arizona Asylum Network. 19% reported fleeing gang or cartel violence. 30 % reported persecution for being LGBTQ. 17% were youth ages 18 and under.Infographic about the Arizona Asylum Network. Since July 2020, the IRC in Tucson has onboarded 10+ new volunteer evaluators, who completed a total of 3 medical evaluations and 16 psychological evaluations for survivors of human rights abuses.