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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 ...

BU Today: [POV] Child Detention at the Border Is Torture

July 18, 2019 Written by: Sondra Crosby & George Annas Each day brings, it seems, new horrors from American child detention facilities on the Texan border: children in cramped cells, in dirty, squalid conditions, many suffering from scabies, shingles, and chicken pox, separated from their families. The World War II Japanese-American internment camps have been ...

BUSPH News: ‘This Is the Worst That I’ve Seen in My 20-Year Career’

Posted on: July 3, 2019 Among the many policies, actions, and threats leveraged against asylum seekers in recent years, the mass detention and separation of families on the southern border is receiving the most attention. But working with asylum seekers in the Immigrant & Refugee Health Program at Boston Medical Center, Sondra Crosby is seeing ...

The Hastings Center: ‘It’s Unethical to Use Dental X-Rays to Send Migrant Children to Adult Detention Facilities’

Published on: July 2, 2019 After the Taliban murdered his father and brother, and fearing for his own life, Hamid fled Afghanistan. As with many asylum seekers fleeing persecution, he entered the United States seeking safety and refuge. Hamid’s national ID card stated he was 17 years old when he presented himself to U.S. officials, but they ...

BU Today: Should Doctors Learn from Nazi Medical Research on Holocaust Victims?

Published on: June 20, 2019 Should a surgeon use a medical reference book with anatomical illustrations that are derived from Nazi victims? That’s the ethical quandary a team that included BU’s Michael A. Grodin and Rabbi Joseph A. Polak (Hon.’95) sought to answer in an article in the May 29 issue of the journal Surgery. The medical text in question ...

BU Today: Did Researchers Bring Dead Pigs Back to Life? And Would That Be OK?

Published on: April 29, 2019 Did researchers really bring dead pigs back to life? The headlines earlier this month didn’t say exactly that (the words “partly alive” were more frequently used), but the story still had the scientific community buzzing: Yale researchers had revived some cellular function in the brains of slaughtered swine—not enough to restore consciousness, ...

GLP Urges MA Legislators to Pass S834/H3332 An Act Relative to Female Genital Mutilation

FGM Letter to MA Judiciary Committee http://www.janedoe.org/site/assets/docs/Policy_Legislation/FGM%20Factsheet%202019.pdf Senator James B. Eldridge, Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary 24 Beacon Street, Room 320 Boston, MA 02133 Representative Claire D. Cronin, Chair Joint Committee on the Judiciary 24 Beacon Street, Room 136 Boston, MA 02133 May 13, 2019 Dear Senator Eldridge and Representative Cronin, Global Lawyers and ...

The Intercept: Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated. Dr. Sondra Crosby, an associate professor of medicine and ...

Vice News/ Motherboard: Doctor Who Evaluated Julian Assange Told UN His Confinement Was Torture

A member of a team of physicians that has evaluated Julian Assange’s medical and psychological condition over the past two years told three international human rights groups that the Wikileaks founder has sustained “negative psychological and physical effects” from his seven-year detention in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Motherboard has learned. The doctor believes that ...

BU Today: A BU Physician Once Examined Assange. What Did She Find?

By: BU Today staff A School of Medicine associate professor who specializes in trauma and torture treatment examined WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with two colleagues approximately a year ago, and they then published their findings in the Guardian, writing that Assange’s “continued confinement is dangerous physically and mentally to him, and a clear infringement of ...