Category: Torture

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 ...

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 ...

Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial

GLP founders George Annas and Michael Grodin, along with Sondra Crosby and Gilbert Benavidez, were tasked with writing a series of articles pertaining to the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctor’s trial for the American Journal of Public Health. In an AJPH editorial, Annas and Grodin write: “The authors of the series of articles in ...

NYT: After Torture, Ex-Detainee Is Still Captive of ‘The Darkness’

In a recently published New York Times article, physician, GLP activist and expert on torture Sondra Crosby was asked  to discuss her experience with Mr. Suleiman Abdullah Salim, who was a victim of US torture practices. Dr. Crosby reported that Mr. Salim “…is plagued by profound distress, inability to eat and inability to sleep.” Stories ...

(Public) Health and Human Rights Symposium

The right to health both defines a “health in all policies” agenda and prohibits state cruelty. On April 6, 2016, Guest speakers and UN rapporteurs, Juan Mendez and Dainius Puras discussed how the right to health and torture will help us set a forward-looking health and human rights strategy.  Other guest speakers included George Annas, ...

NEJM: Guantanamo Bay: A Medical Ethics–free Zone?

American physicians have not widely criticized medical policies at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp that violate medical ethics. We believe they should. Actions violating medical ethics, taken on behalf of the government, devalue medical ethics for all physicians. The ongoing hunger strike at Guantanamo by as many as 100 of the 166 remaining prisoners presents a stark challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to resist the temptation to use military physicians to “break” the strike through force-feeding...