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Sondra Crosby

Sondra Crosby, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, in the Departments of Medicine, and Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, and a member of the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. Her clinical practice focuses on care of asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees.

Dr. Crosby has taught both nationally and internationally on caring for survivors of torture and on performing forensic medical evaluations utilizing the Istanbul Protocol. She is co-founder and co-director of the Boston University Forensic Medical Evaluation Group, an innovative interdisciplinary model which provides medical forensic documentation of torture, ill treatment and other physical abuse, including female genital mutilation.  Dr. Crosby and colleagues prepared an Amicus brief in the case of A-T vs Michael Mukaskey Case No. 07-2080 on the adverse health effects of female genital mutilation, a landmark case where an asylum denial was overturned by the attorney general.

Dr. Crosby has served as a consultant to Physicians for Human Rights, and has evaluated the effects of torture, cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and displacement on Darfuri women living in a Refugee Camp in Chad, and former detainees in US detention at Guantanamo Bay, and at other sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. Furthermore, she served as a medical forensic expert for the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, investigating allegations of torture.

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