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PHR Advisor Dr. Allen Keller Testifies Before House Immigration Subcommittee about Harmful Detention Conditions

10/04/2007

PHR advisor Dr. Allen Keller, Director of the Bellevue/NYU Center for Survivors of Torture, testified on behalf of PHR and the Center, warning that inadequate health care and harmful detention conditions - documented in PHR's 2003 report "From Persecution to Prison" — appear to have worsened over the past four years.

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asylum seekers

From Persecution to Prison

06/01/2003

The practice of imprisoning asylum seekers who flee to America to escape torture, abuse, and persecution in their own countries has damaging effects on the well-being of these individuals. Detention can induce fear, isolation, and hopelessness, and exacerbate the severe psychological distress frequently exhibited by asylum seekers who are already traumatized.

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