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Document, Advocate, Empower: Using Science & Medicine to Prevent Human Rights Violations

World Affairs

Document, Advocate, Empower: Using Science & Medicine to Prevent Human Rights Violations

Friday, June 23, 2023
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"The danger of impunity is real but we’re also at a place where there is greater demand for accountability than we've ever seen." – Sam Zarifi

Founded by three doctors in 1986, the mission of Physicians for Human Rights is built on the idea that health professionals can help prevent human rights abuses. The organization works across the globe on a variety of issues including asylum, sexual violence, and mass atrocities. Research and investigations by the group have led to policy changes in the United States and have secured the rights and protection of asylum seekers, protestors, and frontline health care workers.

In March, Physicians for Human Rights named Sam Zarifi as its new Executive Director. Zarifi brings 30 years of experience in law and advocacy to the position. Before coming to Physicians for Human Rights, Zarifi was the Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists, an NGO that defends and sets international human rights standards through the legal system. Zarifi will lead Physicians for Human Rights during a pivotal time as the organization tackles human rights violations in Ukraine, emergency abortion care in a post-Dobbs country, and more.

Sam Zarifi will join The City Club for a discussion about the work of Physicians for Human Rights and the important role the organization plays in the fields of humanitarianism and advocacy.


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