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PHR Welcomes the End of “Draconian” Migrant Protection Protocols

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes yesterday’s U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas’s decision to lift the injunction that required the continued implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), also known as Remain in Mexico, which forced people seeking asylum in the United States to wait in often-dangerous environments in Mexico. We […]

August 9, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

Title 42 Has “No Basis in Public Health”: PHR Files Amicus Brief to Rescind Inhumane Border Policy

Medical experts and human rights advocates from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today highlighting key public health evidence in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to rescind Title 42 border expulsions. Since the policy was […]

August 2, 2022
Asylum, COVID-19
Press Release

PHR Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling on “Remain in Mexico” Policy, Calls for End to Title 42 Border Expulsions

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes today’s United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Biden v. Texas, holding that the Biden Administration can end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Enacted by the Trump administration in January 2019, MPP is a disastrous policy that has placed tens of […]

June 30, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

‘Irreparable Harms for Patients and Health Workers’: PHR Statement on Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization 

In response to the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization by the U.S. Supreme Court, the following statement is attributable to Payal Shah, J.D., director of PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones:   “PHR condemns the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which rolls back reproductive rights in […]

June 24, 2022
Press Release

Title 42 Court Ruling Condemns Asylum Seekers to Persecution and Danger: PHR

In response to news that Judge Robert Summerhays of the U.S. District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot move forward a plan to rescind Title 42 border expulsions, the following quote is attributable to Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, medical director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) […]

May 20, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

“Shortsighted and a Failure of Leadership”: Congress and White House Must Act on Global COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Equity: PHR

In advance of the second Global COVID-19 Summit, co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal, the following statement is attributable to Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, medical director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and professor of public health and internal medicine at University of Michigan:  “As the world surpasses 15 million deaths […]

May 10, 2022
COVID-19
Press Release

If Confirmed, Roe Reversal Would Represent a ‘Dangerous and Appalling’ Rollback of Human Rights

In response to reports that the United States Supreme Court has prepared an initial majority draft decision which would overturn abortion rights, the following statement is attributable to Payal Shah, J.D., director of PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones:  “If confirmed, the Supreme Court’s move to overturn Roe v. Wade would represent one […]

May 4, 2022
Sexual Violence
Blog

Six Priorities for New White House Coronavirus Coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes and congratulates Dr. Ashish Jha on his new position as the White House Coronavirus Coordinator, which he began this month. PHR is grateful for Dr. Jha’s service on our Board of Directors and wishes him well in this critical role. Dr. Jha takes up this new role at a […]

May 2, 2022
COVID-19
Press Release

Medical and Public Health Experts Call on Biden Administration to Not Delay Planned Repeal of ‘Devastating’ Title 42 Border Expulsions

Twelve leading medical and public health experts across the United States called on the Biden administration and Congress today to repeal the Title 42 border expulsions order as planned on May 23. In response to a Tuesday Axios report that the Biden administration is considering a delay of the repeal of the order in response […]

April 21, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

Federal Court Decision on Mask Mandates “Handcuff” U.S. Public Health Response to COVID-19

Following Monday’s ruling by a federal judge in Florida to strike down masking requirements on airplanes, trains, buses, and other public transportation, public health experts are concerned this decision sets a precedent in undermining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) authority to guide and direct response to public health emergencies now and […]

April 20, 2022
COVID-19
Press Release

Parents Experience Severe Psychological Trauma Four Years After Family Separation by the U.S. Government: PHR Report

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, according to a new investigation published today by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). The report’s findings underscore the U.S. government’s unfulfilled obligation to provide remedy, rehabilitation, and redress to survivors of family […]

April 19, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

Informe de PHR: A cuatro años de la separación familiar forzada por parte del gobierno de los EE. UU. padres y madres continúan padeciendo un trauma psicológico severo

Tres o cuatro años después de haber sido separados de sus hijos por el gobierno de los EE. UU., los padres y madres solicitantes de asilo que fueron deportados continúan padeciendo un trauma psicológico severo, según la más reciente investigación publicada hoy por Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Los hallazgos de esta investigación subrayan la […]

April 19, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

PHR Welcomes CDC’s Plans to Rescind “Scientifically Baseless and Politically Motivated” Title 42 Border Expulsions

Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its plans to rescind the Title 42 order, which the U.S. government has used to expel asylum seekers and other migrants almost two million times since its enactment in March 2020. While welcoming the long-delayed announcement, medical experts and human rights advocates from Physicians […]

April 1, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

“Excited Delirium” – Often Cited as Cause of Death in Fatal Police Encounters – Is Scientifically Meaningless: PHR Report

A new investigation published today by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) finds that “excited delirium” – often cited as a cause of death in fatal encounters with law enforcement – is not a valid medical diagnosis and should no longer be used by clinicians, attorneys, or law enforcement.   “‘Excited Delirium’ and Deaths in Police […]

March 2, 2022
Death Investigations, Excessive Force
Webinar

Debunking “Excited Delirium” – Report Launch Online Briefing

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) hosted an online panel briefing to discuss topline findings and key recommendations of its new report, “‘Excited Delirium’ and Deaths in Police Custody: The Deadly Impact of a Baseless Diagnosis,” which finds that “excited delirium” is not a valid, independent medical or psychiatric diagnosis. Launching the new study, medical and […]

March 2, 2022
Death Investigations
Press Release

COVID-19 Dis-/Misinformation and State Legislature Attacks on Medical Boards Undermine Public Health: PHR 

Amid a surge of state legislature efforts to limit medical boards’ ability to investigate patient harm, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) warns of undue political influence and a rising tide of disinformation that threaten public health.    At least 26 states are considering legislation to either limit state medical boards’ authority to investigate patient harm […]

March 1, 2022
COVID-19, When Doctors Harm
Blog

Helping Asylum-seekers Find Sanctuary

Originally published by Yale Medicine Magazine 2022 Issue 168, “More than skin deep”. Article written by Sumaiya Sayeed. Of the many reasons to leave one’s home country for a new life elsewhere, war, natural disaster, and violent political or religious persecution are among the worst. For those displaced individuals who have sought a better life […]

March 1, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

White House Support of Permanent Legal Status for Families Separated at U.S.-Mexico Border is Necessary But Not Sufficient

NEW YORK — In response to the Biden administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s formal support of Congressional action to provide permanent legal status for victims of the Trump-era family separation policy, migrant health experts with first-hand experience evaluating psychological trauma sustained by separated families are calling on the Biden […]

February 3, 2022
Asylum, COVID-19
Press Release

Medical Experts Urge DHS, ICE to Provide COVID-19 Booster Doses to Detention Populations as Infection Rates Soar

Medical professionals are raising the alarm about the U.S. government’s failure to provide COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to migrants and asylum seekers in government detention. In a letter addressed to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tae D. Johnson, leading medical professionals and […]

January 31, 2022
Asylum, COVID-19
Open Letter

Open Letter on COVID-19 Boosters in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Detention Facilities

January 27, 2022 Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Director Johnson, As concerned medical school faculty, we write to express serious concerns about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failure to provide COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to eligible immigrants held in ICE detention facilities nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent emergence of the Omicron variant […]

January 28, 2022
COVID-19

United States

Asylum The United States is the largest recipient of asylum claims among industrialized nations. Victims of persecution and torture who come to the United States may apply for asylum and protection under the UN Convention against Torture in order to remain in the United States legally and avoid deportation to countries where they may be […]

January 1, 2022
Press Release

Biden Administration Exiting Family Separation Settlement Negotiations ‘Beyond Shameful’: PHR

The following statement is attributable to Kathryn Hampton, deputy director of the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Program, in response to news that the Biden administration is exiting negotiations over compensation for families separated at the border: “It is beyond shameful that President Biden’s Department of Justice is standing with the Trump administration officials […]

December 16, 2021
Asylum