October 24, 2016

CONTACT: Karen Teber / km463@georgetown.edu


WASHINGTON (Oct. 24, 2016) – What are the legal and policy issues that support forced migrants and what are the gaps in international law that may leave certain forced migrants vulnerable and without access to health or legal protections?
The world is facing virtually unprecedented levels of forced migration as people around the world flee their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. Forced migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, face particular health issues relating to the situation that precipitates their flight, the nature of their journey, the conditions along the way and the varying levels of legal protection that they are afforded under international law.
At the Oct. 26 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium, panelists will address these issues plus examine the scale of forced migration and the physical and mental health risks associated with forced migration.

Asylum Seeker & Refugee Health, Law & Policy

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016; 1:20 – 3:20 p.m.

Georgetown University Law Center
Faculty Dining Room, Hotung Room 2001
550 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Moderator: Lindsay Harris, Refugee & Immigration Law University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
Katharine Donato, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration
Philip Schrag, Georgetown University Law Center
Sheetal Patel, Refugee Psychologist

MEDIA: Space is limited. Please RSVP by 5p Tuesday, Oct. 25 with Karen Teber: km463@georgetown.edu

The hashtag for this event is #oneillcolloquium.

About the 2016 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium
The Colloquium engages leading experts, Georgetown students and faculty, and the public in an enriching dialogue surrounding current and pressing issues in national and global health law, policy, and governance. Colloquia intentionally blur the lines between students, faculty and policymakers, as a wide variety of perspectives enhances the learning experience. The inclusion of multiple academic disciplines also promises to deepen the quality of the learning experience.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Nell Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.