Getting at the truth of 9/11 has never been easy. James Kreindler, the lead attorney for the 9/11 families’ lawsuit against the Saudis, has called the 9/11 commission the “greatest cover up in our nation’s history.” Families of the victims, including my family, have had to fight hard, every step…


September 8, 2021

Dear Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock:

We write as public health professionals, scientists, social justice advocates, business leaders, and members of civil society to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prioritize the completion of the review process to make already common and safe formulations of oral…


Dear President Biden:

We are public health faculty, administrators, students and practitioners moved to action by the urgent need for the United States to support the temporary waiver of some Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) rules proposed by India and South Africa at the World Trade Organization (WTO)…


Terry McGovern, JD, is chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and a human rights lawyer.

Kathryn Gibb is a Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, MPH 2020 candidate.

Jenny Cheng is a member of the Global Health Justice…


Terry McGovern, Chair, HDPFH, Dazon Dixon Diallo, Sisterlove

As we watch the mostly white male leaders and scientists soak up the airwaves, leading the response to COVID-19, we experience a kind of PTSD. The COVID 19 response is deeply flawed. …


A central canon of judicial ethics is the avoidance of the appearance of impropriety. This prohibition applies to both professional and personal conduct. A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny and accept freely and willingly restrictions that might be viewed as burdensome by the ordinary…


On Saturday my nephew is getting married. My mother won’t be there. Oh, how she adored this first grandson. Mothering hadn’t come easily to her, but spoiling this first grandchild was pure delight.

Over the years, I hardly allow myself to think of all she has missed, all that was…


September 10, 2015: Refugees waiting to take a train from Keleti train station of Budapest city

The White House statement by Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, stated, “our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.” In this most recent manifestation of President Donald Trump’s “America first” doctrine, on December 2nd, the United States withdrew the United…

Terry Mcgovern, JD

Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor and Chair, Population and Family Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

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