Identifying and Responding to the Torture of Children: A 4-Part Series – Module 1

Violence and Torture against Children – What We Know

Organized by:
Jeff Goldhagen, MD, MPH
Professor, Pediatrics
University of Florida College of Medicine
President, International Society of Social Pediatrics and Child Health

Pragathi Tummula, MPH
Executive Director
International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect

Juan Raul Gutierrez, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco  Health and Human Rights Initiative

Presented by:
Coleen Kivlihan, MD, MSPH
Professor, Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco  Health and Human Rights Initiative

Justice Renate Winter
International Judge
International Institute for the Rights of the Child

Juan Méndez, JD
Professor of Human Rights Law
American University – Washington College of Law

Faculty Disclosure:
Speakers and organizers have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose. Conflict of interest information for the CME Advisory Committee members can be found on the following website: All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Release Date: March 8, 2022
Expiration Date: March 7, 2024

Target Audience: Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, and other providers providing medical intake at the Southern Border of the United States

Learning Objectives:
As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the broad array of international treaties, conventions and documents that define torture and related violations of human rights.
  2. Recognize clinical findings within the context of the definitions and framework established in international treaties, conventions, and documents.
  3. Understand the roles and responsibilities of international public and private sector organizations

Requirements for successful completion: Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (80% proficiency) of the post-test.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Florida College of Medicine and International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP); University of San Francisco (UCSF); International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Jeff Goldhagen at 904.427.7070 or by email at


Resource(s) for further study:

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

International Committee of the Red Cross

World Vision

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders)


Human Rights Watch

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights


Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

International Rescue Committee

International Play Association

Amnesty International

Refugees International

Defence for Children International

Association for the Prevention of Torture

OMCT World Organisation Against Torture

Anti-Torture Initiative