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Amid Hostility Toward Immigrants, Working to Help Asylum Seekers

07/26/2017

For Spyros Orfanos, PhD, a psychologist at New York University (NYU) and a Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) partner, the current negative political environment surrounding immigrants strikes a personal chord.

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U.S. President Donald J. Trump signs refugee order at the Department of Defense

Taking Refuge in the Law During the Trump Era

02/08/2017

I’m a Muslim woman of color living in diverse New York City, but the part of the city I live in is predominantly conservative. As a visible minority, I have never felt particularly welcomed by some of my neighbors. But up until recently, I was comforted by the fact that if the hostility expressed toward me escalated, I could at least take refuge in the law — that no matter my religion or my skin color or my choice of dress, the protections afforded by the rule of law would provide some measure of safety, or at least accountability.

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Katherine McKenzie: Supporting Human Rights, One Patient at a Time

12/15/2016

Physicians have unique skills to contribute to asylum seekers; they can use their medical training to document the physical and psychological scars of torture and ill-treatment. Although emotionally challenging, the work offers the rewards that attract doctors to the practice of medicine in the first place.

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Finding Evidence: Inside PHR's Asylum Training

11/01/2016

After attending a PHR training, those health professionals can then sign up with PHR’s Asylum Network, a group of more than 500 volunteers who conduct assessments of asylum applicants nationwide.

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A New Low: Stealing Family Heirlooms in Exchange for Protection

12/16/2015

The refugee crisis in Europe has shown the very real limits to the social coherence and solidarity that seemed to form the basis for the European Union until now. But even within the climate of hostility against asylum seekers in Europe, Denmark stands apart as one of the worst aggressors.

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