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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:

Turkish Authorities Release Human Rights Defender from Prison (June 30, 2016)

Physicians for Human Rights welcomed the release from prison today of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and Erol Önderoğlu of Reporters Without Borders.

PHR Investigative Team Denied Access to Town in Southeast Turkey (May 31, 2016)

Turkish security personnel blocked a PHR research team from accessing the town of Cizre in Turkey’s restive southeast earlier this month. That comes despite statements from Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that international organizations “can easily visit” the country’s southeast, where PHR was investigating allegations of human rights violations.

PHR Welcomes Agreement to Supply Aid to Besieged Syrian Cities, Urges Vigilance to Enforce Pact (May 18, 2016)

PHR today cautiously welcomed an international agreement to facilitate aid deliveries in Syria’s besieged cities and towns, including a provision that if Syria’s government does not permit immediate access by June 1, the UN may begin airdropping supplies.

Syrian Doctors and Two Philanthropists to be Honored for Their Work (March 31, 2016)

Physicians for Human Rights will honor two Syrian doctors as well as the founders of the Asfari Foundation at its second annual gala next month. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on April 18 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

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The Flint Disaster: Why Doesn’t Black Health Matter? (February 3, 2016)

The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan is more than a shocking public health failure. It is an assault on human rights – a recognition that has been largely absent from most discussions of how and why this could have happened in the advanced industrial democracy of the United States.

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.

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Annual Report 2015 (June 2016)

The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) 2015 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of our work between July 2014 and June 2015 (PHR's fiscal year).

Syria Cessation of Hostilities Fails on Aid Delivery (March 2016)

Despite a cessation of hostilities agreement that has temporarily reduced violence in Syria, Physicians for Human Rights finds in this issue brief that life-saving humanitarian aid is still not reaching hundreds of thousands of besieged Syrians.

Lethal in Disguise (March 2016)

“Non-lethal” weapons, used throughout the world for crowd control, can cause serious injury, disability, and even death. This report examines the use, misuse, and detrimental health effects of these weapons.

Priority Actions in the Zika Virus Response (February 2016)

In this paper, PHR lays out what an appropriate response to the spread of the Zika virus must include in order to be compliant with human rights obligations.

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