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Homer Venters, MD

Position: Medical Advisor
Affiliation: Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

Dr. Venters is an attending physician at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture as well as the Medical Director for NYC DOHMH at Rikers Island Jail. He also sees detained victims of torture who are seeking asylum, and conducts trainings for US Department of Homeland Security Asylum Officers on the effects of torture.

His research at New York University School of Medicine involves healthcare for detained immigrants, a topic he testified about before Congress and continues to pursue as a member of the ICE-NGO health advisory group.

Dr. Venters first became involved in immigration health as a health volunteer in Peace Corps Togo. Since that time, he has worked with immigrants and internally displaced persons in Togo, France, Rwanda, Uganda and New York.

He has also worked with the Bronx Defenders, a legal aid organization in the Bronx, helping to get people who are involved in the criminal justice system into primary care. His recent publications deal with public acceptance of torture in the United States and conditions of US Department of Homeland Security detention.