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“Part of my heart was torn away”: What the U.S. Government Owes the Tortured Survivors of Family Separation

Three to four years after being separated from their children by the U.S. government, deported asylum-seeking parents continue to endure severe psychological trauma.

April 19, 2022
Asylum, Torture

“Excited Delirium” and Deaths in Police Custody

“Excited delirium” cannot be disentangled from its racist and unscientific origins and is not a valid, independent medical or psychiatric diagnosis.

March 2, 2022
Death Investigations

“Our Health Workers Are Working in Fear”: After Myanmar’s Military Coup, One Year of Targeted Violence against Health Care

Introduction On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) took control of the country in a coup d’état.[1] Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest.[2] The military regime not only imprisoned political rivals and dissenters,[3] but quickly proceeded to wage war against the people of Myanmar at large with excessive force […]

January 26, 2022
Attacks on Health Care

Destruction, Obstruction, and Inaction: The Makings of a Health Crisis in Northern Syria

PHR report provides evidence of compounded health disparities and inequities across northern Syria in the wake of a decade-long assault on health care by the government

December 15, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, COVID-19, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture

The Survivors, the Dead, and the Disappeared: Detention of Health Care Workers in Syria, 2011-2012

PHR’s analysis of patterns in the Syrian government’s forced disappearance, detention, and abuse of health care workers during the early years of the Syrian uprising.

November 10, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture

Neither Safety nor Health: How Title 42 Expulsions Harm Health and Violate Rights

The U.S. government continues to expel families and adults to countries where they face severe harm and persecution, violating their rights and failing to safeguard public health.

July 28, 2021
Asylum, COVID-19

Behind Closed Doors: Abuse and Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers in U.S. Immigration Detention

Trapped in a system marked by mistreatment and abuse, medical neglect, and the denial of due process, hundreds of people in U.S. immigration detention engage in hunger strikes as a means of protest each year.

June 23, 2021
Asylum, When Doctors Harm

Profiles in Resilience: Why Survivors of Domestic Violence and Gang Violence Qualify for International Protection

NOTE: The photographs included in this report were taken during the course of a research project for a PHR report entitled “’If I went back, I would not survive.’ Asylum Seekers Fleeing Violence in Mexico and Central America,” which was based on medical evaluations conducted by some of the same researchers who wrote this report. […]

June 9, 2021
Asylum, Sexual Violence
Report, Research Brief

Expert Statement on Individual and Community Effects from Trauma Due to NYPD Use of Force in Response to the Mott Haven Protest on June 4, 2020

Executive Summary On June 4, 2020, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) used force against protestors of police violence, arresting 263 people in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. Mott Haven is a predominantly Black and Latinx community that historically has experienced high rates of poverty and homelessness. Since March 2020, the […]

April 20, 2021
Chemical Weapons, Weapons

Challenges Faced by the Iraqi Health Sector in Responding to COVID-19

One year after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Iraq’s health sector remains unable to adequately respond to the crisis. Iraq has struggled to deal with the COVID-19 emergency since the first case appeared in the country in late February 2020.[1] Weakened by more than three decades of conflict, international sanctions, corruption, […]

April 6, 2021