Advocates cheered in 1996 when a landmark case, In re Kasinga, recognized that female genital mutilation (FGM) could be a basis for asylum. Ms. Kasinga was granted protection based on her membership in the social group of young women in her tribe who oppose FGM and have not yet been subjected to it.
In an article published yesterday by PLoS Medicine, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) experts showed that medical doctors and mental health personnel at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, neglected or concealed medical evidence of torture and ill treatment including bone fractures, lacerations, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Last week brought good news to the family of Francisco Castañeda, the former immigration detainee who died of cancer that detention health authorities failed to diagnose and treat.
A letter to the Editor on immigration, by PHR's Asylum Program Director, Christy Fujio, appeared on April 1 in the New York Times.
One day after releasing our report on how a health professional’s dual loyalty can negatively impact the provision of health care in immigration detention, we secured a meeting with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss our findings and recommendations.