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Hans Hogrefe Joins Physicians for Human Rights as Chief Policy Officer and Washington Office Director

Industry Veteran Brings More Than 15-Years Experience With Leading Congressional Human Rights Organization

Cambridge, Mass - 03/07/2011

Cambridge, Mass. – March 7, 2011 – Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today announced that Hans Hogrefe has joined the organization as Chief Policy Officer and Washington Office Director. In this role, Hogrefe will be responsible for leading PHR’s policy and advocacy efforts. Hogrefe will be based in PHR’s Washington, D.C. office and report directly to Chief Executive Officer Frank Donaghue.

To this position, Hogrefe brings more than 15 years of human rights, advocacy and policy experience. Most recently, Hogrefe was the Democratic Staff Director for the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives, serving Commission Co-Chairman James P. McGovern. Prior to his work at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Hogrefe worked for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as the Senior Professional Majority Staff member, where he was responsible for the development, drafting and the legislative implementation of human rights legislation.

"Hans’ experience defending and advocating for human rights in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress, will be tremendously valuable to PHR as we continue to use science and medicine to investigate, document and advocate for real change in people’s lives,” said PHR CEO Frank Donaghue.

For 13 years, the German-born Hogrefe served the only Holocaust Survivor elected to the U.S. Congress, Tom Lantos, as a Committee Staffer, Senior Legislative Aide and as Executive Director of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. In that capacity, Hogrefe grew this group from a 13 member voluntary organization in 1995 into a bicameral 240-member entity in 2006, which was formally institutionalized by the Speaker of the House of Representatives as the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in 2008.

"PHR has a long history of advocating in DC and abroad for the human rights of all people, and I am excited to be joining the team,” said Hogrefe.

Hogrefe received his Master’s degree in English, Political Science and History from Westphalian Wilhems University in Muenster, Germany.

About Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent, non-profit organization that uses medical and scientific expertise to investigate human rights violations and advocate for justice, accountability, and the health and dignity of all people. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe:

1988 First to document Iraq’s use of chemical weapons against Kurds
1996 Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans
Produced critical forensic evidence of genocide in Rwanda
Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Warned of health and human rights catastrophe prior to the invasion of Iraq
Documented and analyzed the genocide in Darfur
Detailed the story of tortured detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay
Showed how CIA medical personnel sought to improve waterboarding and other interrogation techniques that amount to torture

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.

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