Category: Advocacy

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 ...

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 ...

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: 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 ...

AP: CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Dr. Sondra Crosby, who has treated victims of torture, including two who were held at CIA secret sites, disagreed. “The enduring pain and suffering experienced by the survivors of the CIA program is immense, and includes severe, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, physical ailments, and psychosocial dysfunction,” said Crosby, of Boston University’s School of Medicine ...

Legacies of the Nuremberg Doctors

GLP’s Dr. Michael Grodin, along side several other organizations, will be putting on the following event. It will be a fantastic historically-oriented foray into ethics and human rights.

Copley Square Demonstrations

Last Sunday, January 29th, 2017, massive demonstrations against Donald Trumps’s Muslim Ban were held in Boston’s Copley Square. Being that this was essentially the site of the Boston Marathon bombings, it was a telling symbol of the strength of the city’s character and its willingness to stand up for American values of inclusivity and equality. ...

Women’s March on Boston

On Saturday January 21st, coinciding with hundreds of marches nationwide, 175,000 citizens gathered in Boston Common for what is arguably the largest single day protest in the history of the United States. It was a breathtaking sight as seas of people flooded the streets with signs where the creativity was only matched by the significance. ...

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Health Law Advocates 21st annual Breakfast

This past Wednesday was the 21st annual Health Law Advocates breakfast! GLP was in attendance and it was definitely a great experience. Former Govenor of Massachusetts and Presidential Candidate Mike Dukakis and Larry Wilmore each spoke. Health Law Advocates  (HLA) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal ...