This website is for students, faculty, activists, physicians, residents, fellows, administrators, global health advocates, human rights enforcers, academicians, and anyone else who wants to become involved in Health and Human Rights Program or become an advocate for health and human rights. Explore the website to find ways to get involved, relevant readings, recent news, and upcoming events.
The Program and Clinic in Health and Human Rights“provides opportunity for students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff to engage in activities related to the concept of health and human rights as well as broader aspect of human rights advocacy. Program strives to develop a model of incorporation of human rights training into medical education.” There are three main goals of this program . First, training and research opportunities are provided and encouraged such as participating in the Human Rights Clinic. This trains “medical students and physician-in-training in evaluation, documentation and management torture survivors and asylum seekers, and preparation of medical affidavit as well as provision of care for torture survivors and asylum seekers.” Second, the program prides itself on service provision for torture survivors, survivors of sex trafficking and other form of abuse and torture. Both medical evaluation and medical and psychological services are provided through the clinic by a variety of volunteers. Third, and the main goal of program , is to increase awareness of both students and trainees as well as the general public about health and human rights.
Dr. Ramin Asgary founded Programs in Health and Human Rights and the Human Rights clinics at medical schools including in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2007 and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2012 where he is currently the director of clinic. He trains medical students and residents and other trainees how to evaluate torture survivors and continues to teach them topics in health and human rights. Dr. Asgary has also helped to initiate, design and develop other health and human rights clinics at other universities/hospitals by direct supervision and proposal writing including the Weill Cornell Human Rights Clinic at Weill Cornell Community Clinic, which is a student run clinic on campus, and the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami. He is currently helping with a clinic at Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine.