Phoenix Zones Initiative
Phoenix Zones Initiative
Rising & Thriving Together
Rising & Thriving Together

Phoenix Zones Initiative | Our Mission


Join us in turning structural violence into structural resilience. Led by physicians, researchers, and public health professionals with knowledge of the deep connections between the welfare of people, animals, and the planet, Phoenix Zones Initiative works to advance human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing through robust, multilateral structural change. 

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A Belmont Report for Animals?
Responding to historical abuses in the conduct of human research, in 1979, the Belmont Report established key ethical principles to which human research should adhere: respect for autonomy, obligations to beneficence and justice, and special protections for vulnerable individuals and populations. Despite ongoing moral problems, no similar, comprehensive, and principled effort has addressed the use of animals in research.
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Asylum Medicine: Standard and Best Practices
Physicians and other healthcare professionals can play an important role in the forensic medical and psychiatric evaluation of individuals seeking asylum, since appropriately documented objective clinical evidence of torture and other forms of persecution can increase the likelihood that survivors of human rights abuses obtain asylum.
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The Phoenix Effect: Turning Vulnerability into Resilience
The Phoenix Effect reveals how individuals who have endured trauma—war, abuse, and displacement—can rise from the proverbial ashes and thrive. Learn how compelling stories of survivors mixed with the latest science on resilience can help us understand the biological foundations for recovery, peace, and hope.
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The phoenix hope can wing her flight thro' the vast deserts of the skies, and still defying fortune's spite, revive, and from her ashes rise."
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
You cannot cheat with the law of the conservation of violence: All violence is paid for..."
Pierre Bourdieu, PhD
Pierre Bourdieu, PhD
We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
Albert Schweitzer, MD
Albert Schweitzer, MD

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Join Us at Phoenix Zones Initiative
Join Us at Phoenix Zones Initiative
December 16, 2019
In November, we had the privilege of hosting a summit that brought together people from diverse backgrounds to answer a key question: "With the urgency and sustainability required, how can we better work together to advance human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing?" Answers were inspiring and they fuel our next steps.
Building Sanctuary for People and Animals
Building Sanctuary for People and Animals
August 25, 2019
Sanctuaries for people and animals have something important in common. They provide lessons on how we as a society can better prevent, respond to, and overcome a history of violence and indifference. They also offer guidance on how we can work together to create a world that is itself a sanctuary—a world marked by peace and healing instead of suffering.
The Case for Human and Animal Rights
The Case for Human and Animal Rights
August 23, 2019
To some, it may seem frivolous—given current assaults on human rights—to argue that we need to advance animal rights. But this reaction fails to see a fundamental connection: the way we treat any living being affects how we treat another. At a time when fundamental rights like liberty and justice are under attack, we cannot yield to fear.

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