Category: Public Health

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

WBUR: Leading Scientists Call For Moratorium And Global Forum On Gene-Edited Babies

March 13, 2019 By Carey Goldberg There are efforts already under way by the World Health Organization and multiple national academies of science to create committees that will try to oversee what happens to the human genetic legacy. But they don’t preclude this call for a new global body, says George Annas, director of the ...

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’. ...

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SLATE: A Horrifying Ethical Dilemma

Jan 24, 2019 By Christina Cauterucci “Last month, a 29-year-old woman who’s been in a persistent vegetative state since she was a toddler went into labor and gave birth. An employee of the Arizona health care facility where she’s resided for more than 26 years swears no one had any idea she was pregnant until ...