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PHR Welcomes Judicial Decision to End Title 42, Warns of New Measures That Would Restrict Access to Asylum

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s decision to vacate Title 42, an order that was used to expel asylum seekers more than 2.4 million times with no due process into dangerous conditions in Mexico.   Title 42 – invoked in March 2020 by the Trump administration purportedly to defend against the […]

November 16, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

ACLU and PHR Renew Calls for ICE to End Force-Feeding Amid Release of Harrowing New Intercept Video

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and Physicians for Human Rights renewed calls today for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end the practice of force-feeding detained people, and to end its reliance on mass immigration detention, after the Intercept obtained and released footage of the federal agency force-feeding a man engaged in a […]

November 15, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

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

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

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

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

“Expelling asylum seekers under Title 42 has not done anything to protect us from COVID” : Congressional Hearing on Title 42 and the Need to Restore Asylum at the Border

Submitted by Adam Richards, MD, PhD, MPH, DTM&H, Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Member of the Board of Directors and the PHR Asylum Network. Thank you for the opportunity […]

April 6, 2022
Asylum, COVID-19
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
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
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
Press Release

Immigrants Who Obtained Forensic Medical Evaluations Much More Likely to Be Granted Asylum or Other Relief in United States: Study

Asylum seekers and other immigrants who obtained forensic medical evaluations were granted protection in the United States in 81.6 percent of cases facilitated by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) between 2008 and 2018, nearly twice the national asylum grant rate of 42.4 percent during the same period, a new study by PHR and City University of […]

November 30, 2021
Asylum
Press Release

Family Separation Trauma Sustained by Asylum-Seeking Children and Parents Persists After Reunification, Medical Study Finds

NEW YORK – A new study analyzing the mental health impacts of family separation finds that children and parents seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border experience severe psychological trauma even years after reunification. The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) study provides the first-ever qualitative analysis of the mental health effects of the forced family separation […]

November 24, 2021
Asylum
Press Release

1,300+ Medical Professionals from 49 U.S. States and Territories Call on CDC to End “Junk Science” Border Expulsion Policy

1,383 medical professionals today demanded that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) end the Title 42 border expulsions order that has systematically endangered thousands of people who seek asylum in the United States. Including clinicians from 49 U.S. states and territories, as well as the District of Columbia, the doctors, nurses, and other […]

October 28, 2021
Asylum, COVID-19
Press Release

Whips, Horses, and Reckless Deportation Flights of Haitians Reflect ‘Long-term Systemic Abuse and Cruelty of U.S. Border Enforcement’: PHR

In response to the Biden administration’s decision to resume deportation and expulsion flights to Haiti and photos of U.S. Border Patrol agents using whips to round up Haitian asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, the following statement is attributable to Cynthia Pompa, asylum program officer at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR):  “It is appalling. Border Patrol agents on horseback are cruelly whipping and rounding up Haitian asylum seekers to push them back to Mexico or fly them back to Haiti. This is […]

September 20, 2021
Asylum
Blog

As COVID-19 Surges, ICE Detainees Face Disease, Vaccine Inequity, and Neglect

Separation of families. Denial of medication and medical care. Nonconsensual medical procedures. For decades, health and rights advocates have documented abuses against people held in U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) detention. However, as COVID-19 began to rage across the United States, pandemic-related inadequacies worsened conditions for detainees and exacerbated the existing threats to their health […]

August 31, 2021
Asylum, COVID-19
Blog

Survivors of Domestic and Gang Violence Deserve a Chance at Asylum in the U.S.

After being thrown out of her home as a teenager by her stepmother, Maria* was raped by the son of her employer, who then claimed her as his property, coerced her into a relationship, and physically and sexually abused her for years. Maria’s daughter was kidnapped and gang raped. Her son was murdered despite Maria […]

August 11, 2021
Asylum