National Student Program
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.
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. You can read more about board members here.
The program has created PHR Toolkits to provide students with relevant information and tools:
- Student Chapter Toolkit
- Health and Human Rights Education
- Asylum and Detention
- Medical Professionalism
- Essential Medicines
- Health Access in Massachusetts
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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).
President Obama’s Burma Visit Offers Opportunity to Push for Improvement on Human Rights (November 10, 2014)
During his trip to Burma this week, President Obama should demand progress on a range of human rights issues, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today.
International Community is Legally Obligated to Respond to Ebola Crisis (September 18, 2014)
PHR said today that an urgent response to the Ebola outbreak is not just an option, but a legal obligation, and outlined immediate actions states must take.
PHR Comments on Landmine Treaty Announcement (June 27, 2014)
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, said today that the United States has made progress by committing not to produce additional anti-personnel mines, but criticized the government for falling short of signing the Mine Ban Treaty.
Women as Leaders in the Fight against Sexual Violence (October 30, 2014)
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Remembering Clyde Snow (May 20, 2014)
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Honor Berkin: Stop the Use of Tear Gas in Turkey (March 11, 2014)
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Prominent leaders express concern over decisions by U.S. Governors to impose mandatory 21-day quarantine on health care workers returning from West African countries.
International Cooperation and Assistance in the Context of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (September 2014)
This statement provides in-depth analysis on the obligations of the international community and the immediate and long-term actions it must take in light of the Ebola outbreak.
Annual Report 2013 (June 2014)
Physicians for Human Rights' 2013 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of our work between July 2012 and June 2013 (PHR’s fiscal year).
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.