Could deportation be a consequence for an unpaid hospital bill? It was for Quelino Ojeda Jimenez, a young day laborer who, up until this past February, had been receiving long-term care at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Chicago.
Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to its controversial Secure Communities program in response to condemnation from governors, police chiefs, and immigration advocates.
While LGBT immigrant groups celebrated the recent passage of the right for same-sex couples to marry in New York, their response was more subdued than other gay advocacy groups. Even though civil rights progress for one group often benefits the other, there are still major hurdles same-sex immigrant couples must overcome to fully participate in the victory.
With World Refugee Day just around the corner on June 20th, Congress has introduced the Refugee Protection Act (RPA) of 2011. Physicians for Human Rights strongly endorses the bill and Congress’s commitment to protecting survivors of persecution.
PHR Participates in Civil Society Consultation in Preparation for the US Review before the Committee Against Torture
Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer, shared with the State Department detailed information about PHR’s work related to its Campaign Against Torture, including the problems facing women in immigration detention, the involvement of medical professionals in interrogations, and the importance of training medical professionals to recognize and document instances of torture and related abuse.