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Welcome to the Phoenix Zones Initiative Resource Center, which includes a collection of materials that address how we can better understand and treat one another, other beings, and the planet. Please reach out if you have questions or suggestions.

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Society of Asylum Medicine

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The Society of Asylum Medicine (SAM) provides resources for and promotes community and interaction among professionals who work with individuals seeking asylum. 

Asylum medicine is a field of healthcare professionals who conduct medical and mental health forensic evaluations of asylum seekers.

SAM’s goal is to promote community, scholarship, and advocacy among those involved in asylum medicine.

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How to Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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Conflict, violence, persecution, and environmental degradation have driven up internal and external displacement all around the world. More than 80 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide.

In this short presentation by Phoenix Zones Initiative CEO Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, find out why people are forced to migrate from their homes, the many challenges they face, and ways that healthcare workers and other professionals can help refugees and asylum seekers.

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Toward a More Just and Sovereign Food System

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Vegan biocyclic and vegan stock-free organic agriculture demonstrate that food that is healthy for humans can be grown in harmony with the earth and with free-living animals, without using inputs from domesticated animals. Read about organizations and individuals engaged in developing, teaching, and promoting growing practices that replenish the soil while respecting the rights and sovereignty of each other, nonhumans, and ecosystems.

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The Benefits of Vegan Permaculture and Food Forests

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Vegan permaculture builds on the systems-based philosophy of permaculture by advancing the rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet. It could form the basis of regional and national policies and practices to eliminate hunger and food insecurity among humans while respecting the rights of other animals and protecting the health of the planet.

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Why the US Must Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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The US needs to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a comprehensive framework for helping governments ensure that children are protected from exploitation and abuse and that children are provided with what they need to live and thrive. US ratification of the CRC would benefit the nation’s standing in the world and would help the US increase its role as a positive global force for children.

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Beyond One Health to Just One Health

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The One Health approach, which is used as a framework by government officials to influence public health policy, recognizes the interconnectedness of the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems. But it doesn’t go far enough. The Just One Health approach recognizes that sincere pursuits to achieve optimal health and wellbeing for all require inclusive, evidence-based approaches that advance rights and justice for humans and animals.

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