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Part III of our conversation with Steve Miles and Rosa Garcia-Peltoniemi about doctors and torture. In this final segment, Steve and Rosa discuss the state of accountability in the United States and lack of awareness among health care providers about torture experiences of their patients. Read Part I here and Part II here.
Where is the accountability movement in the United States?
Steve Miles: In the United States, right now the struggle against medical involvement in torture is entirely by NGOs, especially Physicians for Human Rights and the National Academy of Science. The American Medical Association and all state licensing boards have declined to get involved in the accountability movement. Typically NGOs go first before organized, formal institutions get involved in accountability. In this country, NGOs are naming physicians who are involved but the organized professionals, including the American Psychological Association, are doing nothing. Continue reading