The Trump administration’s executive order temporarily banning travel to the United States by immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – is not only cruel and misguided, but will do nothing to keep America safe. Instead, it will unnecessarily bog down federal bureaucracy and foment hatred of the United States in the name of supposedly defending America against women and children who seek nothing more than survival.

Dear friends and colleagues, 

The President's recent executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States has created immediate and devastating consequences for many in the medical and public health professions, some of whom are our colleagues. Many more will be detained, interrogated, and denied access to their work, their families, and their homes. The repercussions of these actions will be felt around the world. 

Published: 
September, 2016

The Philippines is one of the top countries in the world at risk of climate-related disasters. For populations subsisting at the poverty line in particular, but also the nation as a whole, daily lives and wellbeing are routinely challenged. The Philippines government takes disaster risk seriously and has devoted significant resources to build disaster capacity and reduce population exposure and vulnerability, nationally and locally.

Tara Kelly is the Program Coordinator for the Resilient Communities Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Ms. Kelly also works on the Civilian Military Engagement project, and the Program on Humanitarian Leadership.  

 Kriszia Lorrain Enriquez is the Program Manager of the DisasterNet Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  The project aims to improve community-based disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines, by leveraging research and training programs. 

Published: 
January, 2017

Visit the Signal Code Minisite

The Signal Code is the result of a six month study by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to identify what human rights people have to information during disasters. The Signal Code identifies five rights from multiple sources of international human rights and humanitarian law and standards that already exist and apply to humanitarian information activities (HIAs). 

Theresa Lund is the Executive Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), and has over 15 years of experience in academic leadership and research positions working to advance our understanding of complex global issues. Theresa joined HHI after a year in Turkey, where she served as a consultant to the provost of Bilkent University and worked with a local humanitarian group providing assistance to Syrian refugees in Ankara.

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