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We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.  As civilian areas and hospitals become targets of the assault, we are witnessing crimes against humanity. There is no justification for this indiscriminate attack meant to topple a nation. We pray for an end to this carnage.

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We are happy to tell you that the Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR) is back to seeing people in-person as well as virtually over video!  If you are currently in treatment and would like to make an appointment, please reach out to your provider directly or call the front desk at (617) 414-4749.  For new patients, please call (617) 414-1994 to schedule an appointment.


Nos alegra decirles que el Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR) ya está atendiendo a pacientes en persona, además de virtualmente por video! Si Ud. está en tratamiento con nosotros actualmente y quiere hacer una cita, favor de contactarse a su clínico directamente o llamarse a la recepción, (617) 414-4749.  Para pacientes nuevos, favor de llamarse a (617) 414-1994 para hacer una cita.


Nou kontan di ou ke Sant Boston pou Sante Refijye ak Dwa Moun (Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights - BCRHHR) tounen nan wè moun an pèsòn epi sou videyo! Kounye a, si ou swiv sevis nou nan tretman epi ou ta renmen pran yon randevou, tanpri kontakte youn nan anplwaye nou yo ke ou wè dirèkteman oswa rele biwo nou an nan (617) 414-4749. Pou nouvo pasyan yo, tanpri rele nou nan (617) 414-1994 pou pran randevou.

Nous sommes heureux de vous announcer que Le Centre de Boston Pour la Santé des Refugiés et des Droits Humains (CBSRDH) est de nouveau en mesure de recevoir des patients en personne ainsi que virtuellement (par video)! Si vous êtes actuellement en traitement et que vous souhaitez prendre un rendez-vous, veuillez contacter directement votre prestataire ou appeler la réception au (617) 414-4749. Pour les nouveaux patients, veuillez appeler le (617) 414-1994 pour prendre un rendez-vous. Nous vous remercions!


Temos o prazer de lhe informar que o Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR) vai voltar a atender as pessoas pessoalmente, bem como virtualmente, por vídeo!  Se você estiver, atualmente, em tratamento e quiser marcar uma consulta, contacte diretamente o seu provedor ou ligue para a receção, pelo telefone (617) 414-4749.  Para novos pacientes, ligue para (617) 414-1994 para agendar uma consulta.


يسعدنا إخبارك أن مركز بوسطن لصحة اللاجئين وحقوق الإنسان (BCRHHR) يستقبل الآن الأشخاص في المركز وكذلك عبر الفيديو. إذا كنت تتعالج حاليًا وترغب في تحديد موعد ، فيرجى الاتصال بمزود الخدمة الخاص بك مباشرةً أو الاتصال بمكتب الاستقبال على     4749-414(617) للمرضى الجدد ، يرجى الاتصال -414-1994(617) لتحديد موعد.


For those in immediate need of our assistance, please call the Samaritan line at (877) 870-4673. 

Call or Text 24/7.


For attorneys who believe that their clients may be in need of an affidavit immediately, please indicate that on your referrals to BCRHHR.  Please find the referral form by visiting this page:

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Resources for refugees and asylum seekers


If you are feeling like you need to speak with someone immediately, you can call the

Samaritan Line at

(877) 870-HOPE (4673) |

Call or Text 24/7

To view more information on their website, click HERE

OR Call B.E.S.T.

(Boston Emergency Services team)

at 1-800-981-4357

To view more information on their website, click HERE

Food Pantries are still open!  To find out hours and information about food resources in your area call the 

Food Source Hotline:  1-800-645-8333

If you are looking for more information about the hospital’s response to the coronavirus, please check

the hospital’s website by clicking HERE

There is a special website for immigrants and asylum seekers who have corona virus questions made by lawyers, which you can view by clicking 


This is the Official Website of America’s Medical Office for Viruses – it is called the CDC or Center for Disease Control. You can learn more by clicking


This is a website with information in charts so you can view pictures for easier understanding by clicking 


June 26

June 26 is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. It commemorates the signing of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [CAT]. The United States, a signatory of the CAT, defines torture as “an act committed by a person acting under color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon another person within his custody or control”. Torture by officials around the world is inflicted on people in the dark recesses of prisons, jails, and secret detention centers where the only onlookers are complicit guards or prisoners in peril. Among torture survivors who have received treatment at specialized rehabilitation treatment centers which participated in a national study, 5.7% experienced asphyxiation and survived. We don’t know how many perished. Indeed within our own Center, we have heard some of our patients talk about how they too cried out for their mothers at those moments of total vulnerability.  Torture is about exerting one’s total power over another, and often arises in authoritative systems worldwide that condone such violence upon another human being. The torture of Mr. George Floyd occurred in broad daylight. This raises questions about the prevalence of torture in the United States, the misuse of power, and the number of unknown victims within this country.

Linda Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH

Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights



Statement of Solidarity

June 5, 2020


The Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR) stands in solidarity with those who are raising their voices against systemic racism in this country, those who demand justice for the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black men and women, and those who are experiencing anti-blackness whose Black humanity remains unrecognized.  The evil of racism has brought pain and unimaginable levels of suffering and oppression and missed opportunities for people of color.  We recognize it can take the form of implicit bias to outright torture and death.


Our patients know well the experience of torture and oppression by government actors, including the police, for standing up for what is right.  Those specific experiences have led our patients to flee their homelands in search of safety.  The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances – all of which is currently being demonstrated from one coast to the other.


Although the motto of police forces is to protect citizens and serve the community, a failure to uphold these duties results in the erosion of trust in the police and innocent people experience countless transgressions.  When discriminatory or racist attitudes filter into other parts of society, the result is systemic violence, health disparities, massive incarceration, hopelessness, and denial of basic human rights.  Against this background is how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color, especially African-Americans. We stand with torture survivors and communities whose members have been deeply affected by the unlawfulness of authorities. 


The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and others are an immense tragedy, and the consequence of white supremacy and the structural racism that is ingrained in the foundation of our institutions, and which continue to plague us today. The brutal and unconscionable torture and murder of George Floyd witnessed by the world is an act of dehumanization and blatant disregard for the life of a Black person.


We hope that we are truly at a tipping point that will usher in a just society for everyone regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, immigration status, and background. However, we are collectively responsible at individual, community, and institutional levels for identifying and addressing the ease with which our society and its actors (us) engage with and enable anti-blackness. We must seek to right the wrongs. Doing so will require reflection and action by all elements of society.   


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“I am very sincerely grateful to Boston Refugee Center for rescuing and healing me from my fears, sickness, hopelessness, tension, loneliness, poverty, and death.”

– An Asylee from Sub-Saharan Africa

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"The Mounting Misery of Migrant Children"

This is a sign of how our values have eroded

Dr. Lin Piwowarczyk,

Letter to the Editor

The Boston Globe

June 28, 2019

"It is timely that June 26 commemorates the date, in 1987, when the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was put into force. The article “Government moves migrant kids after bad treatment is exposed” describes inhumane conditions at the US Customs and Border Protection facility in Clint, Texas, thereby breaking our treaty obligation. One must continue to ask how pervasive this scenario is. To what extent are children at risk for illness, longstanding trauma effects, or, sadly, even death? What would have happened had this situation not been revealed?


The goal of human rights work is to focus light on what is happening in darkness. It is difficult to imagine that our country, which has been a beacon of hope to people around the world, could sidestep its responsibility to the most vulnerable. These children, though not our own, have human rights too. The abominable treatment of these migrant children is symptomatic of the erosion of our moral values and abnegation of our legal responsibilities. This is the true crisis gripping the heart of our country.

We must remain vigilant."












BCRHHR staff at De Novo's Award Ceremony.  


April 29, 2019, De Novo Center for Justice & Healing presented the 2019 Dr. Joseph H. Brenner Award to the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) at their annual Volunteer Appreciation event. Read More...


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Dr. Lin Piwowarczyk with the Goldman Family.  


Open Avenues Foundation presented it's 2018 Humanitarian Award to Dr. Lin Piwowarczyk at the “Response to Migrant Family Separation Crisis Fundraiser” on September 27, 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston for her twenty years of work providing mental health services to refugees and survivors of torture. Read more... 


Open Avenues Event 9-27-18 with family a