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Families Must be Together in Community-Based Settings: Tent Cities are Inhumane. (June 18, 2018)

PHR welcomes recent steps by Congress to end the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, but rejects any proposal to detain families in tent cities on military bases. PHR urges the Trump administration and Congress to keep families together in community-based settings, which are humane and effective alternatives to detention.

Family Separation is Cruel and Unnecessary (June 6, 2018)

PHR welcomes the United Nations’ call for the United States to immediately end its policy of separating families after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border. PHR reiterates that the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy, outlined recently by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, violates the fundamental right of family unity, protected as a constitutional right in the United States, a human right under international human rights law, and affirmed in international refugee law and migration law.

Stop the Abuse of Immigrant Children in U.S. Custody (May 23, 2018)

PHR expresses concern over the ongoing abuse of unaccompanied immigrant children in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. New findings released today document systemic maltreatment of children entering the United States across its southern border.

PHR Urges Respect for Children’s Rights as New Plans to Prosecute Undocumented Immigrants Are Announced (May 8, 2018)

PHR voices grave concern over an announcement today by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Justice Department will begin prosecuting everyone who crosses the southwest border into the United States and separating parents and children crossing the border – a policy change which characterizes those fleeing persecution as criminal offenders and parents bringing their children to safety as smugglers.

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Demand HHS Take Action to Reunite Families Now (July 13, 2018)

The clock is ticking on the court-appointed deadline to reunite asylum-seeking children who have been cruelly separated from their parents at the U.S. border. As health professionals and supporters of human rights, we must demand action now.

Detention Facilities Display Dangerous Trend of Delayed and Inadequate Care (June 20, 2018)

For a doctor, there is nothing harder than seeing a patient with a treatable condition not receiving basic care. I recently met a woman in U.S. immigration detention. She said that although she had notified the corrections staff that she suffered from chronic hypertension, it took four days for her to be given her blood pressure medication. By then she was experiencing stabbing pains in her chest.

Mexico Urges U.S. to Facilitate Asylum Claims for Victims of Violence (January 22, 2014)

Earlier this month, Mexico’s congress passed a resolution encouraging U.S. authorities to grant asylum to Mexican citizens fleeing the savage violence that has plagued the country over the last several years.

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Forensic Documentation of Torture and Ill Treatment in Mexico (December 2008)

PHR documents the Mexican government's historic attempt and ultimate failure to implement international standards of forensic evaluations of torture and ill treatment.

Excluded People, Eroded Communities (June 2006)

PHR details the devastating impact that the ongoing, low-intensity conflict in Chiapas has had on the health and human rights of its civilians.

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Forensic Documentation of Torture and Ill Treatment in Mexico

PHR documents the Mexican government's historic attempt and ultimate failure to implement international standards of forensic evaluations of torture and ill treatment. Read More »