Forensic Assessment for Immigration Relief (FAIR) Clinic

As the only clinic in Illinois specializing in pediatric populations until their 25th birthday, the FAIR Clinic provides pro bono, developmentally appropriate, and trauma-informed forensic medical and psychological evaluations. For child and adolescent survivors of torture, persecution, or other human rights abuses seeking asylum in the United States, these evaluations, when included in asylum applications, are shown to nearly double asylum grant rates.


What We Do

We provide medical and psychological forensic evaluations for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma in their countries of origin or anywhere along their migration journey. FAIR conducts evaluations for the following types of immigration relief: Asylum, Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ), U-visas, T-visas, Hardship evaluations, and Expedited psychiatric diagnostic evaluations.

Since launching, FAIR Clinic has helped children and adolescents from countries including Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, and Venezuela seek protected legal status in the United States.

We train the next generation. Lurie Children's medical and psychiatric students, interns, and fellows work alongside our staff refugee health experts to learn how to conduct these specialized assessments. 

Trainees can shadow an evaluation, from the initial call with the attorney to participating in the evaluation and drafting the final affidavit. They can also participate in research, manuscript development, grant applications, and advocacy efforts.

We document local pediatric refugee and immigrant psychiatric and medical needs to inform best practices for forensic asylum and immigration relief evaluations.

Our scholarly work includes conference presentations, research (data collection, chart review, and manuscript prep), and media appearances. Manuscript preparation concerns structural and legal violence experienced by minors seeking immigration relief during the migration and postmigration stages.

The forensic assessment for immigration relief (FAIR) clinic: A faculty-led, pediatric clinic model.
Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2024.

Acceptability and Initial Promise of Trainings for Community Stakeholders Serving Refugee and Immigrant Families.
Psychological Services, 2022.

A model clinic to aid unaccompanied minors.
American Academy of Pediatrics Newsletter on the Council of Child Abuse & Neglect, 2021.

You Are Not Alone: A public health response to immigrant/refugee distress in the current sociopolitical context.
Psychological Services, 2020.

We collaborate with local, regional, and national organizations to advance social justice in healthcare.

Some of these organizations include the Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health, Immigrant Families Learning Collaborative, Mayor’s Office of New Americans Chicago is With You Task Force, Refugee and Immigrant Child Health Initiative of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Welcome to Illinois.

How Do I Make a Referral?

Referrals come from immigration attorneys who have deemed forensic evaluations beneficial for clients seeking immigration relief. Attorneys can submit referrals to us in two ways. 

To make a direct referral, fill out our referral form

Submit a referral form through our partner affiliate, Midwest Human Rights Consortium


If you are a patient or are a provider working with a patient who does not yet have legal representation, and you think they may qualify for immigration relief, consider contacting


Download our flyer for more information

How Can I Support the FAIR Clinic’s Work?

The future of Lurie Children’s FAIR Clinic is built on the generous spirit of donors who support the hospital in a variety of ways. Your support is vital in helping us continue to achieve the FAIR Clinic's goals in evaluation, training, research, and advocacy for refugee and immigrant children.

 

Support the FAIR Clinic's Work

To learn more about how you can support this work and expand the Clinic’s ability to provide services beyond forensic assessment, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500.

FAIR Clinic in the News



Volunteer networks step up to provide health needs to migrants at police stations

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La falta de recursos para niños migrantes con discapacidades

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A home for the holidays: How one migrant family remembers their past to help define their future in Chicago

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The mental health of migrants simmers below the surface as the next looming crisis
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FAIR Clinic Team

FAIR Clinic is co-led by pediatric clinical psychologist Dr. Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD, and child abuse pediatrician Dr. Norell Rosado. FAIR Clinic evaluators are bilingual, with medical evaluations in Spanish and psychiatric evaluations in Spanish and Arabic. In-person interpreters are available for other languages.

While many human rights clinics are often launched and operated by medical students, the Lurie Children’s FAIR Clinic offers a faculty-led clinic model that ensures institutional commitment to the children seeking immigration relief. Because immigration cases can take several years to adjudicate, our model ensures continuity of care, and the knowledge of these existing cases lives beyond a particular class of trainees.

Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD

Clinical Child Psychologist, Trauma Treatment Service, The Pritzker Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: 312.227.6034rfordpaz@luriechildrens.org

Norell Rosado, MD

Division Head, Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics
Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: 312.227.2580 | nrosado@luriechildrens.org

Patricia Aguirre, LCSW

Senior Social Worker, Trauma Treatment Service, The Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: 312.227.3444paguirre@luriechildrens.org

Yessenia Castro-Caballero, MD

Attending Physician, Hospital-Based Medicine
Languages: English, Spanish

yccaballero@luriechildrens.org

Tareq Yaqub, MD

Child Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Acute Care Service

Contact: 312.227.3440 |tyaqub@luriechildrens.org

Location

Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park 
467 W. Deming Place 
Chicago, Illinois 60614

Psychological evaluations are conducted in the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Clinic on the 8th Floor, and medical evaluations are conducted at the Safety and Well-Being Clinic on the 4th Floor.