Forensic Medical Evaluation Group
The Forensic Medical Evaluation Group aims to:
- Provide independent forensic medical evaluations that are consistent with international best practices.
- Increase accountability to perpetrators through documentation.
- Further prevent future ill-treatment, therefore improve the public health.
The act of torture is a critical public health issue in the international community. Torture perpetrators' goal is to ultimately send a message of fear to the larger community. Torture victims and their larger communities experience serous medical conditions, and trauma symptoms. Acts of torture perpetuate when a deep lack of accountability exists. The Boston University Forensic Medical Evaluation Group has built medical-legal collaborations to document the effects of torture which in turn can be used to seek justice for the client.
The Boston University Forensic Medical Evaluation Group (FMEG), founded by Dr. Sondra Crosby and Dr. Elizabeth Burke, is a service for asylum seekers requiring documentation of prior ill treatment. Part of the Department of Medicine, the School of Public Health and GLP, FMEG offers evaluation and documentation of physical and psychological evidence of torture and abuse in a supportive, and collaborative environment while working closely with attorneys.
In addition to performing medical evaluations, FMEG is actively engaged in advancing the field of torture documentation through academic research including scholarly publications, holding regular didactic sessions on all aspects of medical forensics, and teaching students (medical, law, and public health), medical residents, physicians, lawyers, and judges.
Sondra Crosby has investigated torture around the world, and has served as an international expert in the field of torture documentation. She has written over 500 medical affidavits, and her testimony has been accepted in international courts, and domestically both in the Boston Immigration Court, Federal District Court, and the Military Commissions Court.
Sondra Crosby, MD
Pedro Feranandez, M.D. is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Boston University. Dr. Fernandez completed his medical training at Boston University School of Medicine and his residency at Boston Medical Center. He completed a Fellowship at Yale University in Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Fernandez’s expertise is in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient collaborative-care models. He currently holds the position of Associate Residency Director and Associate Director of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in the department of psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. His interests are cross-cultural psychiatry, substance use disorder and behavioral healthcare integration. Dr. Fernandez was honored in 2009 the Solomon Carter Fuller Award by Boston University School of Medicine.
Pedro Fernandez, MD
Sarah Kimball initially trained in the care for asylum seekers and in writing medical affidavits as a medical student during a rotation at the Program for Survivors of Torture at NYU. Since then, she worked with clients as an asylum network volunteer through Physicians for Human Rights, and has been an invited lecturer nationally on the medical sequelae of torture.
Sarah Kimball, MD
Aissatou Gueye “Aysha” is a board certified adult gerontology Primary Care NP and a clinical instructor at Boston University School of Medicine. Aysha Gueye is originally from Senegal, West Africa where she completed a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a second language before coming to the USA. Her deepest commitment is to facilitate the well-being and healing process of individuals, families, and communities which led her to pursue a career in Nursing. After graduating from Boston College NP program, she volunteered in the New American Center, a coalition of seven different non-profit organizations serving the refugee and immigrants population of Lynn, MA. There, she taught ESL to refugee and immigrants with and without a formal education from their home country. She also offered one on one session to immigrants preparing for their US citizenship interview. Aysha Gueye’s practice perspectives support that health coaching, self-empowerment, and motivational interviewing are a cornerstone to reducing health disparity, creating health equilibrium & wellness, and establishing a global health network. Her vision is a health care environment that supports patients to find the authority and clarity in themselves, through primary care providers’ guidance, to enhance their health-related intentions, make healthful choices, and grasp understanding that they have the freedom to create changes in their health patterns and behaviors.