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Marion Brown, DO

Position: Asylum Network Member
Affiliation: Retired Ob-Gyn
Marion Brown, DO

I have been practicing obstetrics and gynecology for 30 years.
I retired in 2002 and since then have been able to commit more time to volunteering with organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights.

I became interested in the healthcare of women at a young age, and soon realized that I wanted to become an Ob-Gyn. I conducted my undergraduate studies at Temple University and received my D.O. from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduation I took my passion for women’s health a step further by combining it with my interest in preventative medicine. Not only should women become healthy, but they should stay healthy.

I have been a member of the Asylum Network since 2001 and have seen more than 18 clients, all but one of whom have received asylum status. My commitment to human rights was fueled by my readings of Paul Farmer and other activists. I attended a human rights conference several years ago where I met Dr. Carola Eisenberg, a founding member of PHR. I remember being struck by Dr. Eisenberg, inspired by her legacy of commitment to human rights spearheaded by brave ingenuity. I learned about the important work that PHR was doing and heard from other Asylum Network volunteers. It took just one interaction with an asylum seeker, a woman from Senegal who was held captive as a sex slave, to make me want to continue working with people seeking asylum.

Each asylum seeker shares the fact that they have been abused, tortured, and robbed of the power to make their own decisions. However, each asylum seeker is an individual and a very separate case. Women in particular are often discriminated against, making it very difficult for them to protect themselves. I do my part, trying to facilitate this self-protection, by helping to provide them safety and peace of mind here in the United States.