JRAMC BMJ | Invited Review: US military medical ethics in the War on Terror

Written by George J Annas and Sondra Crobsy WITH THE NEW DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Abstract: Military medical ethics has been challenged by the post-11 September 2001 ‘War on Terror’. ...

BMJ: Virginity testing: recommendations for primary care physicians in Europe and North America

January 20, 2020 Sondra S Crosby, Nicolette Oleng, Muriel M Volpellier, Ranit Mishori ABSTRACT: Virginity testing is a complex, culturally mediated practice that is poorly understood by Western clinicians. While advocating for global elimination of the practice of virginity testing as a human rights violation, clinical practice is often more complicated and ethically nuanced, and ...

The Lancet: Truth and torture in the war on terror

November 30, 2019 By George J Annas The Report, Scott Z Burns new thriller, adopts one of two conflicting narratives about post-9/11 torture by the USA. The “Cheney–Brennan narrative” is that torture is a “black art” that must be deployed in national security emergencies to save lives. The counter narrative, the human rights and science-based ...

Go See The Report, Then Let’s Put Torture to Bed For Good

November 14, 2019 By Sondra S. Crosby, Brig. Gen, (Ret.) David R. Irvine, Christian Meissner, and Scott Roehm It was five years ago next month that the Senate intelligence committee released a 525 page redacted executive summary of the Torture Report, the name by which its 6,700 page study of the CIA’s post 9/11 detention and interrogation ...

NEJM: Post-9/11 Torture at CIA “Black Sites” — Physicians and Lawyers Working Together

By George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., and Sondra S. Crosby, M.D. First published: June 11, 2015 In December 2014, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture was released to the public. The 600-page report (a redacted summary of the still-classified 6000-page report) documents in disturbing detail the use by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of ...

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USA TODAY | Not just rapper T.I. : Doctors get requests for sexist, unscientific ‘virginity tests’

November 14, 2019 By Dr. Sondra Crosby and Dr. Ranit Mishori  T.I. isn’t alone in trying to verify his daughter’s ‘purity.’ Even doctors don’t do enough to push back against this gross violation of human rights. American rapper and actor T.I. bragging on a podcast about subjecting his daughter to annual OB-GYN visits to determine whether her hymen ...

Oxford University Press: The Politics of Immigrant and Refugee Health in the United States

Written by Michael Grodin, Sondra Crosby and George Annas Abstract: Over 25 years of experience from the field have resulted in important lessons learned concerning how to best approach the multifaceted, complex treatment of immigrants and refugees. Continuing this work, it is important to educate medical communities about tried-and-true best practices and cultural sensitivity, as well ...

Scott Allen, MD, FACP gives Pike Lecture: Family Detention and the Duty of the Medical Profession

November 11, 2019 Dr. Scott Allen delivered the annual Pike Lecture at the Boston University School of Law in November. Dr. Allen is currently a Professor Emeritus of Medicine and former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Prisoner Health ...

Public Health Post: Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture visits BUSPH

October 28, 2019 Professor Nils Melzer is the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. Since 2016, Melzer has served as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout ...

CLER Faculty and Students Report Back from the US/Mexico Border

October 24, 2019 This week, Dr. Sondra Crosby and SPH students Yareliz Diaz and Claire Corkish led a conversation about their experiences at the US-Mexico Border, the humanitarian crisis in Matamoros and Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy: “Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols – dubbed the “Remain in Mexico Policy”- have forced thousands of migrants to live ...

BUSPH: ‘Criminalizing FGM Is a Necessary Protective Measure’

Published on: October 3, 2019 Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) is widely recognized as an act of violence against women, torture, and a violation of human rights. It is defined as the cutting of, injury to, or removal of parts of a girl’s genitalia. The Massachusetts legislature is currently considering bills that would criminalize ...

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