LSU Health Shreveport Gratis Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Pamela McPherson, MD, FAPA, was awarded the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) 2019 Human Rights Hero Award and the 2019 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling for her role in alerting Congress to the conditions in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) family residential centers. Dr. McPherson has served as a subject matter expert in mental health for the United States Department of Homeland Security since 2014. She and medical subject matter expert, Scott Allen, MD, sent a letter to Congress in July 2018 expressing their concerns on this issue and the mental health harms to children by family separation and detention. Their interview with 60 Minutes in November can be viewed here.
“It is an honor to receive these awards for our work. I am thankful to Physicians for Human Rights and the Ridenhour Foundation for hearing our truth. It is our hope to continue to speak the truth and inspire others to speak the truth, because our voices do matter and we can make a difference in lives of these families,” said Dr. McPherson.
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