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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, animals, and the planet. Please reach out if you have questions or suggestions.

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Advancing Medical Research Through Ethics and Innovation

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Historically, attempts to advance medical research have depended heavily on violating the rights of vulnerable people and animals.

Fortunately, moral and scientific advancements, and public demand, have resulted in a serious reevaluation of how research is conducted. And while the strides made to protect humans have been significant, the use of animals in research is still ethically problematic and based on the assumption that animal research is necessary and that human interests outweigh those of animals.

This paper looks at progress in improved ethical standards and the advancement of ethically-grounded, principled guidelines that can adequately address the ethical inconsistencies and inadequacies of research with animals.

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We Need to End Animal Trafficking

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Trafficking is one of the cruelest ways to limit basic freedoms and to foster abuse and exploitation. However, animal trafficking is common worldwide.

Trafficking live animals is closely tied to the emergence of novel pathogens such as COVID-19, and animal trafficking is an important aspect of the global exploitation of animals for food, fiber, and research. Learn more about animal trafficking and about policy changes that can help end it.

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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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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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