A 29-year-old mother of three from the Republic of Congo who was arrested, detained, accused of anti-government activities because of her ethnicity, tortured and raped repeatedly by military officers for more than a year before escaping and finding her way to the US to seek asylum.
This weekend---on June 20---people around the globe will celebrate World Refugee Day.Supporting the Refugee Protection Act of 2010 is an excellent way to honor the struggle of the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes and countries in fear of persecution, torture, or death.
PHR's statement made in May 2010 to the US Senate in support of the Refugee Protection Act of 2010, in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2010.
Six months after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, refugee advocates in Florida and around the country continue to ask themselves how defenders of justice should respond to the incarceration of a group of Haitian earthquake survivors for doing nothing more than following orders from American military personnel.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act became law in 2003, but it was not until earlier this year that regulations to implement the law were proposed to be enacted by the Department of Justice. In early May, Physicians for Human Rights submitted comments in support of these proposed standards to prevent, and offer treatment to victims of, sexual abuse in prison.