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Amid Hostility Toward Immigrants, Working to Help Asylum Seekers


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. Naturalization Ceremony

Immigration Reform Cannot End Here


While Obama's announcement is a welcome effort to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows,” advocates remain deeply concerned over how the executive action will affect asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable groups.

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Asylum in the United States

Vulnerable and Alone: Children Crossing the Border


Although Maria is just 13-years-old, she already suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, reports Dr. Carol Kessler, a child psychiatrist and member of the Asylum Network at PHR. Originally from El Salvador, Maria fled to the United States after a gang member attempted to rape her and force her to join his gang.

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Mexico Urges U.S. to Facilitate Asylum Claims for Victims of Violence


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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Calculating the Immeasurable: Somali Torture Victim Wins $15 Million in Civil Damages


This week an Ohio judge awarded $15 million to Abukar Hassan Ahmed, a Somali constitutional law professor and human rights advocate, following a civil trial in which a Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) volunteer doctor delivered testimony crucial to the case.

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