COVID-19 | Advocacy and Statements

PHR stands with doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and others on the front lines of this pandemic.

As the world battles the rapid spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, health professionals are our guiding lights. PHR stands with doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and others on the front lines of this pandemic.

It is imperative that governments heed the sound guidance and recommendations of public health specialists: politics should never get in the way of ensuring the health or safety of our communities. We are listening to health professionals’ analyses, amplifying their voices, and urging elected officials to act on their recommendations. PHR and our network of experts are demanding that politicians and world leaders help to properly resource health professionals and protect all of us during this time.

Advocacy and Coalition Actions

United States Senate Democrats To Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Halt Transfer Of ICE Detainees, Increase Agency COVID-19 Testing (PHR-endorsed) (May 29, 2020)

Group Letter to DHS and CDC on Indefinite Suspension of Humanitarian Protections (May 26, 2020)

Declaration by the Health Care in Danger Community of Concern: Violence Against Health Care (May 26, 2020)

Attacks Against Health Care Personnel Must Stop, Especially as the World Fights COVID-19 (May 20, 2020)

100 Days Since the First COVID-19 Death in the United States: An Open Letter to President Trump (May 15, 2020)

Public Health Measures to Safely Manage Asylum Seekers and Children at the Border (May 15, 2020)

Open letter from PHR to the Government of Myanmar to Protect Ethnic Minorities from COVID-19 (May 12, 2020)

Rescind the recently extended order “suspending introduction of certain persons from countries where a communicable disease exists” (May 8, 2020)

When You Feel Under Threat for Speaking Out or Protecting Yourself During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What U.S. Health Care Workers Need to Know (April 23, 2020)

Public Comment on Border Closure (April 23 2020)

Policy Brief: Immigration Detention, COVID-19, and Opportunities for Action (April 23, 2020)

U.S. Deportations during Global Pandemic Risk Spreading COVID-19 (April 8, 2020)

Israel Must Respect its Obligations (April 7, 2020)

Health Workers’ Voices and Safety Must Be Protected (April 6, 2020)

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis While Protecting Asylum Seekers (March 19, 2020)

COVID-19 and Immigration Detention (March 17, 2020)


PHR Press Releases

First Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rohingya Refugee Camps Expose Urgent Need for Health Care, Information (May 14, 2020)

PHR Statement on First Reported COVID-19 Death in ICE Custody (May 6, 2020)

“Impending Public Health Disaster”: Leading U.S. Medical and Constitutional Law Experts File Milestone Amicus Brief to Release Detained Immigrants from ICE Detention Facility (April 26, 2020)

President Trump’s Deadly Decision to End Funding for the World Health Organization: PHR (April 15, 2020)

11 Leading U.S. Health Professionals Associations Issue Joint Statement to Demand Protections for Health Workers (April 6, 2020)

Epidemiologists and Medical Experts Highlight “Ticking Time Bomb” of COVID-19 in Immigration Detention Facilities (April 3, 2020)

Expert Opinions and Perspectives

Whistleblower Exposes Dangers of a Politicized Pandemic Response (May 15, 2020)

For Asylum Seekers and Their Health Advocates, Adjusting to a New Normal in the Time of COVID-19 (May 14, 2020)

Forced to Choose between Health and a Path to U.S. Citizenship: the Deadly Gamble of the Public Charge Rule (April 29, 2020)

COVID-19 Cannot Cover Up the Syrian Government’s Chemical Weapons Outrages (April 24, 2020)

In Iraq, Those Infected with Coronavirus Face Shame and Stigmatization (April 23, 2020)

Voices from the COVID-19 Pandemic: “Within 20 Days of the First COVID-19 Case, our Health System will Collapse.” (April 21, 2020)

How to Mitigate the Other Coronavirus-induced Pandemic: Anxiety (April 21, 2020)

A Looming Threat to Iraq’s Most Vulnerable Population (April 17, 2020)

There is No Public Health Rationale for a Categorical Ban on Asylum Seekers (April 17, 2020)

The Danger of Silencing Health Workers in a Pandemic (April 16, 2020)

India’s Health Workers Deserve Support, Not Stigmatization (April 9, 2020)

The United States is Using COVID-19 to Abandon Asylum Seekers at the Border (April 9, 2020)

Health Care Workers Face Anti-Science Abuse. This Has to Stop. (April 6, 2020)

Syria’s Northwest Is on the Brink of a Coronavirus Disaster (April 2, 2020)

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