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Connect With Experts on March 17 for a Webinar on Migrant and Refugee Transplant Issues

The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) will present specific issues arising from current global crises generating fertile ground for illicit organ removal and posing challenges to the interpretation of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI). These include an increase in refugees and migrants due to conflicts and humanitarian crises and a decrease in available organs due to COVID-19.

Transplantation in the Context of Migrants & Refugees: Challenges & Dilemmas” will take place at 7 a.m EST (convert to your time zone here) on Thursday, March 17, 2022.

The webinar will address:

  •  The current global refugee and migrant situation
  •  Definitions and related issues: Human trafficking for organ removal, organ trafficking – differences and similarities; Migrants, asylum seekers, refugees – legal status and vulnerabilities
  •  Health rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants
  • Rights and obligations of transplant professionals in treating vulnerable organ donors and organ recipients in the context of illicit organ transplant

The DICG, along with the UN organizations working in the field, WHO, UNODC, and UNHCR, will discuss these issues to improve understanding and best advocate the DOI’s principles to take joint action to address them effectively.

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