Welcome to Violence Against Refugee Women and Girls: Research and Rehabilitation, a conference hosted by the Global Health Initiative of the Department of Anesthesiology, and co-sponsored by Weill Cornell Medicine's Center for Human Rights.
Accelerating violent global conflict is resulting in a rapidly increasing number of refugees fleeing war, violence, and persecution. In the context of the ongoing migrant humanitarian crisis, young women and girls have emerged as a particularly vulnerable group, being at an intrinsically higher risk of suffering violence, physical and sexual abuse, and extortion by smugglers.
This full-day conference aims to bring the issue of violence against refugee women and girls to the forefront of academic and advocacy efforts. It will provide an intimate opportunity for experts in global health, refugee research, and human trafficking to join together in problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to network with leaders in these fields.
2019 Human Rights Conference | Violence Against Refugee Women and Girls: Research and Rehabilitation
Weill Cornell Medicine
Belfer Research Building
413 East 69th Street
New York, NY
Friday, September 20, 2019
9:00am - 3:15pm
Who We Are
The Global Health Initiative of the Department of Anesthesiology addresses health problems that surpass national boundaries through service, training and research. As physicians, we believe it is critical to assess the scale of physical and sexual trauma against young women and girls in refugee and migrant situations, and generate potential solutions. Our group offers distinctive clinical and research experience in anthropology, global health, human trafficking and refugee work to help address these problems.
8:35am REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST
9:00am WELCOME: Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Gunisha Kaur, MD, MA
9:30am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH
10:15am PANEL: Creating and Cultivating an Academic Human Rights Program
11:05am ADDRESS: Alavy Sos
11:15am ADDRESS: Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN
11:40am PANEL: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Immigration Law
1:25pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Nancy Shute
2:10pm WORKSHOP: Make A Zine To Tell The Story of The Refugee Crisis
3:15pm CLOSING REMARKS
* Please note agenda is subject to change.
Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH
Harvard School of Public Health
Kim Baranowski, PhD
Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University
Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN
Gunisha Kaur, MD, MA
Anesthesiology Global Health Initiative
Sarah Moore, MD
Department of Medicine
NYU Langone Health
Karen Musalo, JD
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
Joseph K. Shin, MD
Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights
Elizabeth Singer, MD, MPH
Mount Sinai Human Rights Program
Departments of Medical Education and Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine
Stephen Yale-Loehr, JD
Miller Mayer LLP
General registration is now open.
There are 75 seats available for physicians, attorneys, researchers, activists, journalists, and other professionals.
Student applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.
There are 25 seats available for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. We are seeking student leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences with a demonstrated interest in refugee and migrant research, global health, and/or human rights.
NOTE: due to the competitive nature of these applications, acceptance to the conference is not guaranteed. Students who are accepted to attend will be notified by September 1 via email. We strongly encourage individuals to hold off making travel arrangements until they have received confirmation of their acceptance.
The conference will take place in the Belfer Research Building on the Weill Cornell Medicine campus,
located at 413 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021.
DIRECTIONS BY CAR
Driving from the FDR SOUTH: exit at E61st Street and make a right onto York Ave. Turn left onto E 69th St.
Driving from the FDR NORTH: exit at E71st Street and make a left onto York Ave. Turn right onto E 69th St.
Garage parking is available.
DIRECTIONS BY SUBWAY
Take the 6 train to the 68th Street/Lexington station. Walk three blocks east to 1st Avenue, or take the M66 bus eastbound to 1st Avenue. Walk one block north to 69th Street and turn right (east) to the Belfer building.
Take the Q train to 72nd Street/2nd Avenue. Use the south exit. Walk one block east to 1st Avenue; turn right on 1st Ave. Walk south to 69th Street. Turn left to the Belfer building.
This conference is made possible by the Office of the Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
Alessandra Weidman, MPH
Program Coordinator, Global Health Initiative
Gunisha Kaur, MD, MA
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Human Rights
Director, Global Health Initiative of the Department of Anesthesiology