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Join PHR’s National Student Program and register your school’s chapter.

PHR’s National Student Program engages medical students and other young health professionals from across the United States who are interested in the intersection of health and human rights. The program provides medical students with the necessary resources and training to develop the skills and experience required to advocate for human rights.

Students organize local, direct actions on human rights issues; raise awareness on their campuses, in local communities, and in the media; organize educational events; and urge elected officials to take action through lobby days and by responding to PHR action alerts. PHR student chapters on medical school campuses represent every region of the country, indicating sincere interest in the intersection of health and human rights among young people. Since they represent the next generation of medical professionals, PHR is fortunate to have such a vibrant community of students interested in using their skills to support rights for all.

PHR collaborates with the student chapters through on-campus trainings in human rights at PHR’s asylum clinics at select universities, and by participating in national student conferences. Each chapter has its own set of leaders and organizes awareness-raising activities, educational events, and actions to promote human rights. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects in consultation with the national office, and all PHR chapters are encouraged to seek recognition from their university to facilitate the promotion of human rights education in their training as health professionals. You can learn more about the student program by visiting their website.

The program is overseen by PHR’s National Student Advisory Board. Members of the board bring a diverse range of experience and backgrounds to the program.

The program has created PHR Toolkits to provide students with relevant information and tools:

Physicians for Human Rights Welcomes Dr. Kathleen Foley to its Board of Directors (June 29, 2015)

PHR announced the appointment of Kathleen M. Foley, MD, to its board of directors. Dr. Foley is an attending neurologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she has worked for more than four decades.

Soros and Mukwege Honored for Human Rights Work (April 29, 2015)

The philanthropist and financier George Soros and Dr. Denis Mukwege, a champion in the fight against rape as a weapon of war, were honored Tuesday evening for their contributions to the global struggle for human rights at a gala dinner hosted by PHR.

Soros and Mukwege to Be Honored for Human Rights Work (April 14, 2015)

The philanthropist and financier George Soros and Dr. Denis Mukwege, a champion in the fight against rape as a weapon of war, will be honored by PHR for their contributions to the global struggle for human rights. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner in New York City on April 28, 2015.

Forced Displacement Leaves Burmese Families Living in Substandard Conditions, with Higher Rates of Hunger and Sickness (November 13, 2014)

The Burmese government violated international standards when forcibly displacing families from the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by threatening many residents with court appearances and imprisonment, giving them inadequate compensation for land lost, and failing to provide training or other means of income to those who lost their jobs, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

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Glass Half Full in Myanmar (November 13, 2015)

The NLD victory and the fact that the military has not intervened is surely a positive sign in Myanmar, but in a lot of ways the hardest work remains to be done.

Déjà Vu: The UN Security Council’s Inaction on Yemen (August 31, 2015)

When I visited Yemen last year, the situation was grim. The government was dealing with fuel shortages and protests against the lifting of subsidies. But, there was still hope.

Women as Leaders in the Fight against Sexual Violence (October 30, 2014)

Friday marks 14 years since the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325, also known as the first resolution on Women, Peace, and Security.

How Leahy Vetting Could Help #BringBackOurGirls (June 16, 2014)

The #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, which is pressing for the rescue of over 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, brought unprecedented attention to impoverished northern Nigeria.

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Physicians for Human Rights Statement on Attacks in Beirut, Paris, and the Sinai (November 2015)

The attacks of the last few days in Beirut and Paris that have killed and injured hundreds of people, and the earlier shooting down of a Russian passenger airplane leaving Egypt, were depraved acts of inhumanity Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today.

Hossam Bahgat Released (November 2015)

PHR welcomes the release of journalist Hossam Bahgat, and called on Egyptian authorities to release other civilians unlawfully detained for exercising their rights.

Global Civil Society Leaders to Obama: Take the Lead at UN General Assembly to Tackle Root Causes of Syria Crisis (September 2015)

Thirty-three international humanitarian aid and advocacy organizations have written to President Obama, urging him to lead the international community to address both immediate symptoms of the crisis as well as the root causes of the Syria conflict.

Annual Report 2014 (July 2015)

The 2014 Physicians for Human Rights Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of our work between July 2013 and June 2014 (our fiscal year).

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