For Immediate Release
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace, is pleased to announce that the JEHT Foundation has pledged $100,000 in the form of a two-year challenge grant to support PHR's efforts to advance health, dignity and justice for all people. Contributions up to $1,000 from every new donor will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the JEHT Foundation. Additionally, the JEHT Foundation will match any increase in contributions from existing donors.
"The JEHT Foundation is delighted to make this challenge grant to help PHR expand its donor base and broaden its global leadership in promoting health and human rights," said Robert Crane, President of the JEHT Foundation.
The JEHT Foundation seeks to expand the constructive role the U.S. can play in promoting international justice, human rights, and the rule of law both at home and abroad.
"PHR is grateful for the generosity of the JEHT Foundation’s matching grant, which will encourage more people to support PHR’s efforts to promote health by stopping human rights abuses," said Leonard S. Rubenstein, Executive Director of PHR. "JEHT’s grant is about more than providing financial support to PHR—it is about providing an incentive to grow the health and human rights movement."
PHR documents the negative impact human rights abuses have on health and uses the voices of health professionals and concerned citizens to end them. PHR's current areas of focus include combating the global AIDS pandemic, stopping the torture of detainees in US custody, and protecting the people of Darfur, Sudan.
PHR also is advocating for reform of the US juvenile justice system, working to empower young health and human rights leaders in Africa, and helping survivors of torture gain political asylum in the United States. At the same time, PHR is inspiring medical, nursing and public health students to make human rights a cornerstone of their careers. Hundreds of students are active in the over 70 PHR student chapters at medical and public health schools nationwide.