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2014-02-11 23:21:50

Where a person lives should not determine the treatment he or she is able to receive, says the Treatment Advocacy Center. Arlington, Virginia (PRWEB) February 11, 2014 The majority of U.S. states are in need of significant improvements to their mental illness treatment laws to protect and provide for individuals in psychiatric crisis, according to a new study by the Treatment Advocacy Center. What’s more, most states grossly underuse the laws they have. "Mental Health Commitment...

2014-01-31 23:21:56

Dr. Rafik Benaissa, brother of former SNC Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa, has filed a complaint against Swiss prosecutors before Canadian courts alleging his brother has been submitted to cruel and unusual punishment in a Swiss prison. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 31, 2014 Dr Rafik Benaissa, brother of SNC Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has filed a complaint against the Swiss Government and three Swiss Prosecutors before...

2013-12-12 12:27:41

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Congressman Tim Murphy introduced legislation that, if passed, would reverse some of the advances of the last 30 years in mental health services and supports. It would exchange low-cost services that have good outcomes for higher-cost yet ineffective interventions, according to the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), a coalition of 32 statewide organizations and others representing individuals with mental...

2013-12-11 23:04:55

Legal reforms are a step in the right direction, but the system for providing timely and effective treatment to individuals with severe mental illness is still in tatters, says the Treatment Advocacy Center ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA (PRWEB) December 11, 2013 In the year following the Dec. 14 mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, legislatures in nearly a dozen states showed newfound resolve to reform the public policies that leave their most severely ill residents without the care they...

2013-11-04 14:10:01

Medical, military, and ethics experts say health professionals designed and participated in cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment and torture of detainees; seek policies to assure conformance with ethical principles An independent panel of military, ethics, medical, public health, and legal experts today charged that U.S. military and intelligence agencies directed doctors and psychologists working in U.S. military detention centers to violate standard ethical principles and medical...

2013-09-30 23:27:49

New research in Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, WADEM's peer-reviewed journal, concludes that force-feeding prisoners violates medical ethics and amounts to torture. (PRWEB) September 30, 2013 Physicians and other licensed health professionals are force-feeding hunger strikers held prisoner at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. These health professionals are violating the medical ethics they swore to uphold and are complicit in torture, according to the authors of an...

2013-09-19 16:25:04

In c8866 transmitted at 13:00e today, an error occurred in the headline section. The headline should have read: "PEN Canada concerned for detained Canadians" and not "PEN Canada concerned for detained Canadian journalists". Corrected copy follows: PEN Canada concerned for detained Canadians TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Today PEN Canada voiced concern at the decision of Egyptian authorities to continue holding Canadian citizens John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, without charge,...

2013-09-19 12:27:25

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Today PEN Canada voiced concern at the decision of Egyptian authorities to continue holding Canadian citizens John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, without charge, in a Cairo prison. Greyson and Loubani were detained on August 16, 2013 after entering a police station to ask for directions. The two men were en route to Gaza but could not travel there due to the recent political unrest in Cairo. On September 15, the Cairo district prosecutor announced that...

2013-09-18 23:18:29

Aaron Alexis a “classic example” of what 50 years of failed mental illness treatment policy have produced, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center. Arlington, Virginia (PRWEB) September 18, 2013 Shot by a man whose hallucinations were so serious he called police in terror barely a month ago, the 12 people killed last Monday at the Navy Yard in Washington are the latest victims of America’s failed mental health policies and civil commitment laws that need to be improved, the...

Fight Against Human-Trafficking Gets Ambitious Support From Google
2013-04-10 12:30:16

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Google has looked to map the world and make it an easier place to navigate but on Tuesday the search engine giant looked to take on the very serious issue of human trafficking. Just as William Wilberforce helped end the slave trade in the British Empire at the start of the 19th century, Google now looks to be a major force in stopping human trafficking, which serves to enslave millions of people today. With the help of three...