COVID-19 | Events, Webinars, and Expert Discussions

PHR is using global digital platforms to elevate the voices of health care professionals on the front lines.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PHR has delivered evidence-based information directly to the public through the trusted voices of health care professionals, scientists, advocates, researchers and attorneys on the front lines.

PHR’s webinar series delivers fact-based analysis on global health and human rights issues directly to the public, policy makers, fellow advocates and the health care community. To date, more than 20,000 people have signed up to watch expert conversations on the impact of the pandemic on global health care systems, asylum and detention, policing, and much more.

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Coming Up

Negligent treatment and inadequate medical care have long been hallmarks of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. The situation was only made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving detainees without access to recommended protective measures such as soap, hand sanitizer, and the space to socially distance. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host a discussion on the realities of COVID-19 in detention and solutions needed to ensure the health and human rights of people in detention.

The conversation will be moderated by Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, PHR senior medical advisor and Asylum Network member and trainer, professor of family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and interim chief public health officer at Georgetown University.

Panelists will be:

  • Dana Gold, JD is senior counsel and director of education at the Government Accountability Project.
  • Katherine Peeler, MD is a practicing pediatric critical care physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, medical director of Harvard Medical School’s Asylum Clinic, and a PHR medical expert.
  • Dawn Wooten, LPN is a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center, an ICE detention center in Ocilla, Georgia, who was demoted after raising concerns about inadequate medical care of detainees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past Webinars


Protests, the Police, and the Pandemic

COVID-19 and Racial Disparities

Health Implications of Potential Election-related Violence

Policing and Public Health in the Age of COVID-19

Protests, the Police, and the Pandemic

Vaccines, Reopening, and Rebuilding a Global Approach to Public Health

Back to School in a Pandemic

Empowering Health Professionals as Human Rights Advocates

Health Professionals Combating COVID-19: Science-driven Solutions

Implications of U.S. Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

Medical Ethics and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Medical Students in a Pandemic

Pandemic and Possibility: What Will a Transformation Take?

The Path to a COVID-19 Vaccine and Implications for Universal Delivery – Part I and II

Protecting Health Care Workers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rebuilding a Global Approach to Health

Reopening: Balancing Public Health, Safety, Human Rights, and the Economy

Impacts on At-risk Populations and Vulnerable Communities: the United States and Beyond

COVID-19 Impacts on Native American Populations

COVID-19 in Refugee Encampments in Mexico

COVID-19 Risk to Meatpacking Plant Workers

Family Separation and Reunification Efforts

Gender-based Violence and COVID-19

Food Insecurity and COVID-19

Health and Immigration Detention in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Homelessness and COVID-19

Impacts of COVID-19 on Children

The Impact of COVID-19 on Elderly Populations

Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on At-risk Populations

Mental Health Impacts of the Pandemic

The Pandemic and Conflict-affected Populations: Iraq, Syria, and Yemen

The Risk of Mass Atrocities During a Pandemic

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