NY Times – “Proving Torture, to Help Win Asylum” – Dr. Ramin Asgary
Dr. Ramin Asgary examines patients for evidence of torture, which could help gain them asylum.
Beginning in early 2000, Dr. Ramin Asgary, Director of the Human Rights Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been providing critical testimony and affidavits for asylum seekers in order to convince immigration judges of their status of victims of torture in their home countries. Read the article
Dr Asgary’s area of interest/expertise is in international humanitarian assistance and relief work with emphasis on refugee situations. He has worked as medical coordinator/program officer with Doctors Without Borders and other relief non-governmental organizations for Afghan refugees, in Georgia, Russia, and in the war-torn areas of Abkhazia, Sudan (Darfur), Somalia/Kenya borders, and Haiti.
He is currently a teaching faculty in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and the Global Health Center. “I lived through a revolution in my early childhood, which helped me to build a foundation for caring for the disadvantaged, and fostered my sense of social justice and accountability, and later translated into a passion for humanitarian relief work. My belief and practice in humanitarian work is grounded in the humanitarian assistance imperative in contrast to the ideology of charity or philanthropy. I believe in the primacy of offering care as a right, and that all have a right to assistance and protection. The concepts of impartiality, the responsiveness and responsibility of humanitarian agencies, the proximity to the recipients, the necessity of linking disasters and development through community involvement, and changing the social, political, and economic context of peoples’ lives are central to my interest in humanitarian and relief work.”