Sondra Crosby is an internist, former Co-Director of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center and current director of the Immigrant and Refugee Health Program at Boston Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Boston University School of Medicine. She also serves as GLP’s main activist where she constantly travels and advocates for the protection of human rights and dignity.
Dr. Crosby’s clinical practice focuses on care of asylum seekers, asylees and refugees, and she has written over 200 affidavits documenting medical and psychological sequelae of torture. She has published scholarly papers in multiple peer-reviewed journals in the field of caring for survivors of torture and recently was awarded the 2008 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
Crosby is notable for being one of the first doctors allowed to travel to Guantanamo to independently examine Guantanamo captives. She is one of the authors of Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by the US, published by Physicians for Human Rights. According to Physicians for Human Rights Crosby has “written over 200 affidavits documenting medical and psychological sequelae of torture.” In October 2009 Crosby submitted an affidavit following her examination of Guantanamo’s longest term hunger striker, Abdul Rahman Shalabi. She stated that if he didn’t receive more calories he would die. Crosby was one of the first doctors outside the DoD who was allowed to examine Guantanamo captives. In October 2012 Crosby wrote a letter about Tariq al-Sawah‘s medical condition to camp authorities. Crosby had examined al-Sawah on two occasions and described him as morbidly obese, and laid out a treatment plan. His lawyer, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Gleason, said in March 2013 that camp authorities had declined to treat al-Sawah, and wouldn’t even release his medical records.