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Since 1998, BCRHHR has evolved organically in response to the needs of refugees and torture survivors in the Greater Boston area.

We are situated within Boston Medical Center and we embrace its’ mission to provide exceptional care without exception.  We also honor the importance of community as a vehicle of healing and recovery.

Utilizing an innovative, holistic approach we work with survivors of torture and refugee communities from around the world to provide vital care for a healthy body, mind, and soul.

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The Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights grew out of the International Mental Health Program established in 1995 by Dr. Piwowarczyk. The program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that was founded in 1998 by Susan Akram, JD, Associate Professor of Law, Paul Geltman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Michael A. Grodin, MD, Professor of Health Law, Psychiatry, and Socio-Medical Sciences and Community Medicine, Terence Keane, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Alejandro Moreno, MD, Instructor of Medicine, Raul Garcia, DMD, CAGS, MMSc, Professor, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and Linda Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH, Instructor of Psychiatry. The Center is a member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP).

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Our Mission is to provide holistic health care coordinated with social services and legal aid for asylum seekers, refugees, survivors of torture, and their families.


We also train professionals to serve this population, conduct research to understand and implement best-practices, and promote health and human rights, locally and globally, to improve the quality of life for survivors of torture and their communities.

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We are generously funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.


We are a proud member of:


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