In the News
Churches and Buddhist monasteries in the Hpakant (or Hpakan) jade mining area of Burma's northern Kachin State have taken in nearly 1,000 refugees since the beginning of the year. The huge increase in displaced people in the Hpakant area is a result of the ongoing Burmese army offensive against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), according to sources on the ground.
PHR's Christy Fujio is quoted in US News and World Report's story on "Why 2011 may have presented a reason to hope for immigration reform."
In the News
Burma’s ethnic Kachin community, which is 90 percent Christian, traditionally celebrates Christmas complete with decorations, caroling and church worship. But due to the ongoing armed hostilities in their region of northern Burma, this year’s holiday celebrations will range from low-key to non-existent.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and eight partner organizations filed a lawsuit today against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging its failure to issue regulations that would give immigration judges the authority to order the release of asylum seekers who are being held in immigration detention facilities.
In this letter to the editor, Physician for Human Rights Asylum Program Director Christy Fujio writes about the value of forensic medical evaluations in claims for asylum.