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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
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“The Clock is Running Out”:  UN Security Council Vote on Border Aid Crossing May Imperil Millions of Syrians: PHR

On July 7, the UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold a vote on Resolution 2585, which authorizes the use of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, the only remaining available route for international aid into the besieged region of northern Syria. More than 4.2 million Syrians rely on aid supplied through the crossing, a number that […]

June 28, 2022
Attacks on Health Care
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‘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

Time is Running Out: Secure Humanitarian Access for Millions in Northern Syria

On July 10, 2022, the one remaining border crossing for humanitarian aid into Syria will expire. If the UN Security Council allows it to lapse, the closing of this border will force millions of Syrians into grave danger. Today, the Bab al-Hawa border crossing along the Syria-Turkey frontier is the only remaining entry point for […]

June 16, 2022

Casey Grittner

As Institutional Development Coordinator, Casey Grittner supports the cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective institutional donors to further the mission of PHR. She works closely with colleagues across the organization to manage proposal and reporting timelines, provide relevant and timely communications, conduct prospect research, and maintain records. Prior to joining PHR, Grittner worked in […]

June 16, 2022

MediCapt Toolkit and Curriculum Consultant

MediCapt Toolkit and Curriculum Consultant Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence […]

June 3, 2022

Erika Dailey

Erika Dailey serves as Director of Advocacy and Policy. In this role, she leads the expansion of PHR’s advocacy work, mobilizing and leveraging PHR’s vast network of health and science professionals to promote human rights worldwide. Dailey comes to PHR with thirty years in the international human rights field and in NGO management, principally at […]

June 2, 2022

Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Chidi Anselm Odinkalu is a Professor of Practice in International Human Rights Law at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is the former Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission. Odinkalu conducts research on contemporary challenges of multilateralism in regional systems in development, human rights, and governance. Odinkalu received his LLB from Imo State […]

June 1, 2022
Multimedia

Medical Personnel Are Targeted in Syria

Medical professionals are often on the front lines in conflict situations, providing life-saving health care to civilian communities suffering from violence, abuse, and deprivation. Nowhere has this been truer than in Syria.

June 1, 2022
Attacks on Health Care
Press Release

Erika Dailey Joins Physicians for Human Rights as Director of Advocacy and Policy

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes Erika Dailey as the organization’s new Director of Advocacy and Policy. In this role, Dailey will lead the expansion of PHR’s advocacy work mobilizing and leveraging PHR’s vast network of health and science professionals to promote human rights worldwide. Dailey joins PHR with more than thirty years of experience […]

May 31, 2022
Press Release

At Least 1,335 Attacks and Threats to Health Care Perpetrated in Conflicts in 2021, Marring Health Systems: Report

Health facilities and health workers were subjected to devastating and widespread violence and obstruction of care in 49 conflict-affected countries in 2021. A new report published today by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, based on data collated by coalition member Insecurity Insight, identifies 1,335 incidents of violence or obstruction against health care perpetrated in 2021. […]

May 24, 2022
Attacks on Health Care
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

Catherine Pilishvili

Catherine Pilishvili develops and implements PHR’s international advocacy strategies that build on and connect to PHR’s research and investigations, training and capacity development, and network-building initiatives. She is responsible for the international component of PHR’s initiatives to identify, promote, and address human rights issues. Additionally, she helps mobilize and leverage the influence of health care […]

May 16, 2022
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

Director of Finance

Director of Finance Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document […]

May 4, 2022
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

Laura Atwell

Laura Atwell has nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of development, public relations, marketing, and planning.  Throughout her career she has specialized in capital campaign fundraising and directing major gift programs in education, health care, and social service organizations. Prior to joining Physicians for Human Rights, Atwell served as VP for Development of […]

April 19, 2022
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
Blog

As Putin Bombs Hospitals in Ukraine, I Hear Echoes from Syria

This article was originally published by The New Humanitarian, a news agency specialised in reporting humanitarian crises. Many Syrians are experiencing heart-wrenching flashbacks as we watch the mounting devastation in Ukraine and the millions of refugees fleeing. As a Syrian physician who provided medical care amid the war in my country, it’s especially painful when […]

April 13, 2022
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities