Health Professionals Against Torture

Event notice (San Francisco): Screening of “The Response” with Speakers Jess Ghannam and Kathy Roberts

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  • Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
  • Time: 6:00PM -8:00PM
  • Location: Amnesty International, 350 Sansome St, #210, San Francisco, CA


The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26), enacted by the United Nations, is a day to observe what is being done and what still needs to be done to help survivors rebuild their lives and to end torture. Join Survivors International (http://www.survivorsintl.org), Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org), Health Professionals Against Torture (http://www.hpatcoalition.org), and the Center for Justice & Accountability (http://cja.org) for a film screening! Refreshments will be provided!

The Response is a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. Read more about the film here: http://www.theresponsemovie.com

We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Jess Ghannam and Attorney Kathy Roberts as our speakers.

Dr. Jess Ghannam is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco and is also Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Additionally, he has been working with the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center on a project evaluating the post-release health effects of detention in Guantanamo.

Kathy Roberts is a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in San Francisco, where she investigates and litigates impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Her recent work includes investigating the role of health professionals, and specifically of psychologists, in the torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody, and collaboration on the website “Do No Harm? Intelligence Ethics, Health Professionals, and the Torture Debate” (http://www.law.berkeley.edu/8307.htm), recently launched by the University of California Berkeley International Human Rights Clinic.


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June 16th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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