Projects: Human Rights and Psychology

Below are brief introductions to current projects within PsySR’s Program on Human Rights and Psychology, along with links for those interested in more information about how to get involved.

In some cases, participation in projects is limited to PsySR members only; in other instances, PsySR works with outside organizations to pursue projects of mutual concern. If you have an idea for a new PsySR project, you can learn more about how to submit a member-initiated project proposal HERE.


Psychologist Involvement in National Security Detainee Settings

GuantanamoThrough a multifaceted effort involving activism, advocacy, and educational initiatives, PsySR members have played an important role in opposing torture and in promoting ethical reform of the American Psychological Association’s policies in regard to psychologists’ involvement with detainee treatment in national security settings. A chronology of past PsySR efforts in this arena, under the leadership of Jill Flores and Stephen Soldz and the End Torture Action Committee, is available HERE. Current projects in this area are now being conducted within PsySR's Program on Human Rights and Psychology. Learn More »

PsySR Casebook and Workshop Website for Interrogation Ethics

GuantanamoWith funding from the Open Society Institute and the Arca Foundation, and under the leadership of PsySR member Jean Maria Arrigo, PsySR is developing a Psychology and Military Intelligence Casebook on Interrogation Ethics. These case studies will help promote moral clarity at the interface of psychological ethics and military ethics and support moral conduct in psychologists’ collaboration with intelligence professionals. More information about this project is available HERE.

PsySR Political Asylum Project

PsySRSeveral factors make it difficult for mental health professionals to meet the growing need for psychological evaluations of political asylum seekers who have been victims of torture and persecution. These obstacles include unfamiliarity with immigration law, a lack of training in multicultural competence, and limited knowledge of the conflicts and contexts that generate political violence. Through its Political Asylum Project, PsySR aims to provide education and support to individuals who are interested in contributing their time to assist in the asylum process. Learn More »

LGBT Equality

PsySRPsySR aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families who continue to face painful and widespread prejudice, discrimination, and social stigmatization in their daily lives. In addition, anti-gay violence and hate crimes are especially heinous reminders of the adverse environment that threatens the physical, social, economic, and psychological well-being of members of the LGBT communities. Learn More »

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