National Student Program
The goal of the PHR National Student Program is to advance health professional students’ understanding and lifelong commitment to human rights activism, and to cultivate their unique contributions as advocates for human rights locally, nationally and globally. The PHR National Student Program supports PHR’s mission by offering students the chance to contribute meaningfully to PHR’s work and developing the next generation of human rights activists.
- Energetic, dedicated, and ready to make an impact now
- Idealistic and visionary
- Ready to apply clinical skills as well as develop advocacy and leadership skills
- Responsive and ready to mobilize
Are you a student, medical resident, or young professional?
PHR offers a range of educational, leadership, and advocacy opportunities:
- Education about PHR’s research and evidence-based advocacy
- Regional and national trainings to learn more about human rights and develop advocacy skills
- The opportunity to contribute to PHR through action, advocacy, and leadership
- The chance to engage with a vibrant community as you develop a lifelong commitment to defending human rights
New York City Cardiologist Named New Chair of PHR (March 25, 2013)
PHR is delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah D. Ascheim, MD, as its new board chair. Dr. Ascheim is an associate professor in the Department of Health Evidence & Policy and a cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
The PHR chapter at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine has been honored with two prestigious, national awards: PHR's annual Best Chapter Award, and chapter leader Anna Huh '15 received PHR's Emerging Leader Award.
Sudan: Doctors Perform Amputations for Courts (February 27, 2013)
Credible sources in Sudan have reported that government doctors amputated a man’s right hand and left foot by court order in Khartoum on February 14, 2013, in violation of the absolute prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishments, four human rights groups said today.
State of the Union Address Neglected Human Rights (February 14, 2013)
PHR today expressed disappointment that President Obama failed to mention a specific human rights agenda in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. PHR had previously called on the president to seize the opportunity to lay out in detail his strategy to combat torture and mass atrocities around the world.
Donor countries, including the United States, have supported organizations that provide essential humanitarian services to people along Burma’s borders. Border areas have long been neglected by medical and development programs run by the Burmese government, and this international assistance has helped countless people access medical care and food. Some political reforms have increased opportunities for international donors to directly fund civil society groups within Burma.
What would the US look like if each of the 50 states decided who they wanted to let in their borders? Or if state legislatures, motivated by racism and backed by profit-driven prison corporations, could enact laws that made living conditions for immigrants within their borders so onerous that immigrants fled in droves?
President Obama, the US Should Join the Mine Ban Treaty (April 19, 2012)
PHR joined partner organizations in an April 4, 2012, letter calling on President Obama to officially announce future US policy on landmines, and to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. To date, the US has not taken the official step of acceding to (joining) the monumental treaty which forbids countries from using, producing, stockpiling, or transferring anti-personnel mines, and requires countries to destroy existing mines.
Join Us: Sustainable Connections & Collaborations for Health & Human Rights (February 1, 2012)
PHR is pleased to announce the theme of this year’s National Conference: Sustainable Connections & Collaborations for Health & Human Rights. The conference, which takes place March 24 & 25 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will be held in collaboration with the Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium for Health & Social Justice.
PHR Recognizes World Refugee Day (June 2012)
On World Refugee Day, PHR affirms its dedication to ending human rights violations and protecting the rights of refugees and displaced people. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year, adding to a population of 15.2 million refugees worldwide.
Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences (June 2012)
Physicians for Human Rights urges members of Congress to work towards ending the use of solitary confinement in all facilities under federal jurisdiction, including federal prisons, immigration detention facilities, and national security detention facilities, in all but the most extreme cases.
Obama's Decision to Suspend Deportations of DREAM-eligible Youth is a Step in the Right Direction (June 2012)
PHR applauds President Obama's decision to suspend deportations of DREAM-eligible youth and allow them to apply for work authorization. Although this policy change is far from the full path to citizenship they deserve, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
PHR Applauds Administration Submission of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Senate (May 2012)
The Obama administration's decision to submit the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to the US Senate for ratification was applauded by PHR today. Although the US signed the convention in 2009, Senate ratification is required for the US to become fully bound by the Convention