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Mission and Goals

The Coalition is a group of committed clinicians, NYC-based refugee resettlement agencies, and state agencies, who have a collective goal to provide quality health care to refugees, asylees and trafficked persons. The coalition serves as a platform for communication between its respective organizations. It allows us to exchange ideas, refer patients based upon their required level of care, and advocate for the rights these communities deserve.

We believe all refugees and asylees should have access to safe, quality, dignified healthcare.

Our Mission

To create a platform of communication between clinicians, social workers, case managers, scientists and researchers working at academic institutions, community health centers, refugee resettlement organizations and state agencies, so as to pool our collective resources and maximize care for refugees, asylees and trafficked persons.


Our Goals

1. To streamline communication between refugee and asylum care providers to maximize care to our patients.


2. To educate the broader New York community regarding socio-political context affecting our patients.


3. To disseminate information regarding emerging tropical diseases and non-communicable diseases through a series of academic discussions and grand rounds.


4. To create opportunities for medical students and residents to train in refugee health.


5. To establish a referral system between health providing centers to ensure maximum efficiency and care.


6. To build capacity, strengthen our network, and pool resources.

Founding Members

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Dr. Evans is a founding member of the NYCRAHC. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the county of Santa Cruz (California) Health Services Agency.  His most recent posts have been as CMO of a mission-driven federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Southern California focusing on homelessness, substance abuse and migrant health, as well as leading infectious disease divisions in a number of organizations across the US – including the AIDS HealthCare Foundation. In terms of populations, he is most drawn to working with special populations, including migrants (namely refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking), the LGBTQ (with a special focus on transgender populations), the homeless, and Native Americans. He is currently focusing on the mental health needs of women affected by gender-based violence (including conflict-related gang rapes) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In terms of fields of medicine, most of his experience is in HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, TB, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), travel medicine, as well as general primary care and community health. Academically, his research interests are in HIV, hepatitis C, tropical and travel medicine, and transgender health. He holds two faculty appointments with a number of teaching and precepting engagements. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA.

Tyler B. Evans, MD, MS, MPH, AAHIVS, DTM&H

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​Dr. Singer is the Director of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine, and faculty in the Emergency Medicine Global Health Division at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/West. Her background in health and human rights includes work over the past two decades as a healthcare provider for asylum seekers, a national trainer of clinicians, and a contributor to policy agenda. She is especially interested in the impact of U.S. immigration detention on the health of asylum seekers and is dedicated to working to advance improved policies in this area. 

Elizabeth Singer, MD, MPH


​Dr. Keller is Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT) and Director of the NYU School of Medicine Center for Health and Human Rights. Dr. Keller is recognized internationally as an expert in the documentation, evaluation and treatment of victims of torture and other human rights abuses. He has also conducted ground-breaking research and work on a variety of health and human rights concerns including the medical and social consequences of landmines, access to healthcare for prisoners and medical ethics. He is on the Advisory Board of Physicians for Human Rights. For over 15 years, Dr. Keller has taught a highly successful seminar on Health and Human Rights at Princeton University. Dr. Keller has received numerous awards for his work, including the Barbara Chester Award from the Hopi Foundation, the Eclipse Award from the Center for Victims of Torture, The Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association and The Humanism in Medicine Award from NYU School of Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Keller was the recipient of New York University's distinguished alumnus award.

Allen S. Keller, MD

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Dr. Chisolm-Straker is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the co-founder of HEAL Trafficking. She is a volunteer physician at the Libertas Center for Human Rights, performing forensic medical and psychological exams for survivors of torture seeking asylum in the United States.

Makini Chisolm-Straker, MD, MPH

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​Dr. Fernando is the Medical Director of the Libertas Center for Human Rights at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. She is an Assistant Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital.

Dinali Fernando, MD, MPH

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​Ms. Agnew-Barajas joined Catholic Charities in November of 2002 and currently serves as the Director of Refugee Resettlement. Kelly has 15+ years working in refugee resettlement, and social services. Ms. Agnew-Barajas earned her BA in Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research where she focused on Latin American Studies and Education. Kelly has completed her Master coursework in Cultural Anthropology at Hunter College, CUNY. Kelly has worked as a Humanities teacher in adult education settings, middle and high schools, and in alternative settings. She has extensive experience supervising complex casework, managing and overseeing refugee programs, administering volunteer programs, and engaging in advocacy work. Kelly currently serves as a member of the Diocesan Advisory Group which advises the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration Refugee Services on resettlement issues from the diocesan perspective. She speaks fluent Spanish; she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young sons.

Kelly Agnew-Barajas


Dr. Ades is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of Global Women’s Health at NYU Medical Center, and the Founder and Director of the EMPOWER Clinic for Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence at Gouverneur Health (empowergyn.org). She also runs the Empower Lab (empower lab.org), which conducts research and science-based advocacy on sexual- and gender-based violence.​

Veronica Ades, MD, MPH, FACOG

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