Center for Victims of Torture

Center for Victims of Torture


To one of my favorite organizations, you have done remarkable work, not only with victims but also with educational workshops for teachers. On behalf of ESL teachers, I thank you for you work. We appreciate you and here is a small thanks I am giving you on behalf of my friends for my birthday! I hope this helps a little. We love you!
Hello, I am coordinating at event at Normandale Community College in partnership with Concordia University, and we are looking for victim service agencies to attend.

The event is a networking/educational day for our students on November 30th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have spots for 40 vendors to meet with students, collect resumes, discuss employment and volunteer opportunities, and share their mission with students. This event is free to vendors, and tables and chairs will be provided.

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us for this event, or if you have any additional questions.
Milwaukee Washington High School "Walk for Dadaab" raised $840.40 for CVT. Great going, students!!
Amazing work going on in Jordan by CVT staff and counselors.
Read this blog by Veronica Laveta.
Congratulations to CVT as the Center turns 30 - It Starts with Hope.

The Center for Victims of Torture is an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture and violent conflict. Restoring the dignity of the human spirit by healing refugees.

The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future where torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.

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Partnership Opportunity! 10/21/2022

Partnership Opportunity!

UN Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders is helping to share the word about our program for human rights defenders in exile. Thank you, Mary Lawlor UN Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders.

Partnership Opportunity! CVT is accepting applications from Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) living in exile to participate in a dynamic capacity development and mentoring fellowship called “IDREAM.” IDREAM (Incubator for Defenders Remaining in Exile to Advance Movements) is a collaborative and global capacity development ...

Timeline photos 10/20/2022

ACTION NEEDED: with Center for Victims of Torture Georgia we support our partners at Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies in urging Congress to make citizenship for DACA recipients a reality now. Please take action and protect Dreamers today:

On October 5, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be unlawful. Litigation is ongoing, but as of now, the future of DACA does not look good.

Without Congressional action, 700,000 DACA recipients stand to lose work authorization and lose protection from deportation, throwing their lives into uncertainty. This would have a devastating impact not just on the lives of DACA recipients and their families, but on the U.S. economy as well; an estimated 22,000 jobs would be lost each month for the next two years following the decision. Most DACA recipients have lived in the U.S. for two decades or more and we know that they play a vital role in our communities.

It is imperative that Congress pass a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients as soon as possible. Please contact your elected officials and urge them to protect Dreamers by visiting:

For current DACA recipients: You are still eligible for renewal and should renew ASAP. If you are facing financial hardship, the Latino Community Fund -LCF Georgia and Migrant Equity SouthEast are still offering financial assistance for DACA renewals.


Torture is used to break down people’s will and destroy a sense of community. Torture is used to create a climate of fear, which works to silence dissent. Torture is not about getting information; it’s about control.
Get the facts:

Photos from Center for Victims of Torture Jordan's post 10/20/2022

Important training is being conducted by the team at Center for Victims of Torture Jordan on trauma-informed practices for physiotherapy. Check out photos of a recent series of lectures at the University of Jordan.

Photos from Center for Victims of Torture's post 10/20/2022

Announcing a webinar on self-care! CVT's New Tactics in Human Rights MENA, التكتيكات الجديدة في حقوق الإنسان, is holding a webinar entitled "Self-care Practices for Human Rights Activists." Join the Zoom Webinar or Facebook Live on Tuesday, October 25, from 3-5 PM GMT+3. This webinar is in Arabic. To register, click here:

يتشرف برنامج التكتيكات الجديدة في حقوق الإنسان ضمن برنامج بدعوتكم للتسجيل لحضور #ندوة #إلكترونية بعنوان "ممارسات التي يحتاجها " باستخدام برنامج زوم وبث مباشر على الفيسبوك، يوم الثلاثاء الموافق ٢٥ تشرين الأول/ أكتوبر 2022 من الساعة الثالثة مساءً حتى الساعة الخامسة مساءً بتوقيت الأردن. سيشارك بالندوة عدد من المتحدثات من دول مختلفة من .
الرجاء التسجيل على الرابط التالي، وسيصلكم تأكيد التسجيل ورابط الندوة.
حضوركم يسعدنا
للاطلاع على تفاصيل الندوة يرجى زيارة الرابط التالي:

#حملات #مناصرة #نجاحات #المناصرة #المدافعة


HELP TAKE TORTURE OUT OF PROTEST. There is no global regulation on the trade of policing equipment that is rampantly misused by abusive police forces around the world. Demand a global treaty to regulate the trade in police weapons and protect protesters:

Amnesty International Omega Research Foundation Human Rights at Harvard Law


Torture is a crime. It is explicitly banned by the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. And it’s a crime under U.S. law. There are no exceptions.



Without global trade controls, even so called “standard police equipment” is used to repress protesters by abusive police forces. This undermines the global ban on torture and other ill-treatment, spreads fear and censors protests seeking positive change.


Amnesty International Omega Research Foundation Human Rights at Harvard Law


FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Center for Victims of Torture is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for a human rights training and mentoring fellowship, the Incubator for Defenders Remaining in Exile to Advance Movements, or “IDREAM.”
IDREAM is seeking applications from exiled or internally displaced Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) who are interested in joining a global, collaborative and dynamic capacity development project designed to help address the unique needs of HRDs living in exile.
IDREAM will provide training and networking activities with the goals of: advancing advocacy efforts, promoting HRD’s psychosocial resilience and well-being, and improving exiled HRD’s physical and digital security. At the end of the selection process, 10 partner HRDs living in exile around the world will be invited to join IDREAM. The project’s main capacity building activities will take place from approximately April 2023 through November 2024. HRDs selected for IDREAM will receive up to $31,000 in financial assistance to support their work in the project.
IDREAM invites interested applicants to apply online before the deadline at 11 pm CST (23:00 CST) on 30 November 2022.

NGO Letter Responding to Expansion of Title 42 Expulsions for Venezuelans | Human Rights First 10/14/2022

NGO Letter Responding to Expansion of Title 42 Expulsions for Venezuelans | Human Rights First

As the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security took steps to expel Venezuelan asylum seekers using the Title 42 ban, CVT joined Human Rights First and organizations in pushing back, writing “While we welcome steps to provide safe processing for some Venezuelans, the creation of safe pathways should never be wielded to deny other people seeking protection access to asylum.”

NGO Letter Responding to Expansion of Title 42 Expulsions for Venezuelans | Human Rights First Dear Secretary Mayorkas: We, the undersigned organizations committed to the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, write to express our deep disappointment and shock at the announcement that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the use of Title 42 to expel Venezuelans seeking....


CVT is hiring

Three open positions in St. Paul! CVT is hiring three Mental Health Case Managers to provide Adult Mental Health Targeted Case Management to clients who have survived torture. Experience needed in providing case management services in social services, medical or mental health settings, and knowledge of area resources for immigrants and refugees and skills in assessing needs. 40% remote. For information and to apply, go to:


Today was a special day for CVT; we are grateful to everyone who came to our annual Restoring Hope Breakfast. Today we heard stories of survival, healing, resilience and hope. Thank you for being part of a wonderful event!

If you weren’t able to attend but would still like to donate, click here:


What a wonderful event! CVT is grateful to our speakers, our participants and all our wonderful sponsors. Thank you for supporting survivors and CVT’s work. A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Integrated Direct Marketing, LLC, Supporting sponsors Capella University, Thomson Reuters, Pentair, Crooners Supper Club and Cozen O’Connor. And thank you to our Associate sponsors RBC Wealth Management, Allina Health and Women's Foundation of Minnesota. We are grateful!

Photos from Center for Victims of Torture's post 10/13/2022

CVT’s Restoring Hope Breakfast: a morning of hope, resilience and strength. Our deep thanks to Riyad, our featured speaker and musician. ❤️


The big day is here! Simon Adams and featured speaker Riyad are getting ready for the CVT Restoring Hope Breakfast. We’re looking forward to the big event!


To honor World Mental Health Day, Dr. Eman Al-Shaabi, psychologist at CVT Jordan, shared this message of healing, along with original artworks by a survivor and former client.

أولئك الذين يمنحوننا كرم حياكة جروحٍ لا يراها أحد ..
شكرا ً لأرواحكم التي تزهرُ رغمَ الألم.

نتعلم منكم الكثير

الأخصائية النفسية: د.إيمان الشعيبي

تمت مشاركة الأعمال الفنية من قبل أحد المستفيدين لدى مركز ضحايا التعذيب - الأردن

Take the torture out of the protest 10/12/2022

Take the torture out of the protest

There is no justification, anywhere, for abuse and misuse of police equipment. Yet there is no global control on the trade in police weapons, which are regularly used to inflict harm on protesters. We join Amnesty International, Omega Research Foundation and Human Rights at Harvard Law to create a global, legally-binding Torture-Free Trade Treaty to regulate the trade in policing equipment. Join us today – sign the petition.

Take the torture out of the protest 80-year-old Zineb Redouane died after being shot in the face by police with a tear gas gr***de as she closed her window. Demand justice for Zineb and her family now.

Photos from Center for Victims of Torture's post 10/11/2022

The big day is almost here! We are excited about CVT’s Restoring Hope Breakfast and look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday! Join us for the virtual event, 11 am Central, Oct. 13:

Photos from Center for Victims of Torture's post 10/11/2022

We’re getting ready for the big event! CVT’s Restoring Hope Breakfast is on Thursday, Oct. 13. Check out behind-the-scenes photos from filming. And don’t forget to register!


There’s still time to register! We hope you will join us for our VIRTUAL Restoring Hope Breakfast. Hear from Riyad about making a difference in the world after overcoming conflict, torture and loss. Thursday, Oct. 13, 11 am Central.

Photos from REF FM KK Radio's post 10/11/2022

Live broadcast! As part of events for Mental Health Week in Kalobeyei, Kenya, Gladwell Lugura, protection assistant with Danish Refugee Council, and Justine Chepngetich, a physiotherapist, CVT Kalobeyei, spoke on REF FM KK Radio about important aspects of mental health.


We’re sharing this message from Heba Sarhan, psychologist at Center for Victims of Torture Jordan, along with a painting by a survivor, in honor of World Mental Health Day.

إلى من يقاومون أوجاعهم ،هناك نورٌ في آخر النفق ، فلا تيأس أو تفقد الأمل..
الاخصائية النفسية: هبة سرحان

تمت مشاركة اللوحة الفنية من قبل أحد المستفيدين لدى مركز ضحايا التعذيب - الأردن بمناسبة

UN Censures 42 Nations for Retaliating Against Human Rights Activists & Journalists 10/10/2022

UN Censures 42 Nations for Retaliating Against Human Rights Activists & Journalists

“Human rights defenders in the countries mentioned in the UN Secretary-General’s report not only deserve our respect and solidarity, they need protection,” said Dr. Simon Adams, CVT president and CEO, to Thalif Deen in an interview for this article in Inter Press Service. The UN condemned 42 nations in its report of retaliation against journalists and human rights activists. “‘We the peoples,’ where ever we may be in the world, have a right to speak directly to UN representatives without some malevolent authority leaning over our shoulders, tapping our phone, or threatening us with detention or disappearance,” Simon said.

UN Censures 42 Nations for Retaliating Against Human Rights Activists & Journalists The United Nations has singled out 42 countries (out of 193 member states) for condemnation– virtually blacklisting them– for retaliating against human rights activists and journalists If you cooperate with the United Nations and complain about human rights abuses in your home country, chances a...


A stellar line-up of speakers! Ilona Fricker, CVT clinical advisor for physiotherapy, was a speaker at this event hosted by the Int'l Organization of Physical Therapists in Mental Health in honor of . Ilona presented on “Conceptualizing Trauma-Focused Physiotherapy – A Specialized Treatment Approach for Survivors of Trauma.”

9th Hybrid Conference ioptmh 2022

We are very grateful with the speakers and participants who attend the webinar 'Trauma and physiotherapy'!
Thanks Ilona, Georgie, Janet, Des and Mark!


On Indigenous People’s Day, we honor and celebrate Native people, their ancestors and Indigenous perspectives. We give thanks for their contributions. We also reflect on Native culture and the land we occupy in the United States. We recognize the self determination of Tribal Nations.


Every one of us has a story. Dreams. Goals. A life to be lived. Survivors of torture are our neighbors and community members. They are teachers, journalists, activists, healthcare workers and more. Nobody plans to be tortured. Nobody plans to flee their home, to cross borders, to seek asylum. Today there are as many as 1.3 million survivors of torture in the U.S. Their stories are not that different from your own. Take the quiz to learn more:


On World Mental Health Day, we’re sharing this reminder that mental health care is for everyone. At CVT, we extend rehabilitative care and healing to survivors of torture, and we train clinicians around the globe to provide trauma-informed care. We hope you will take a moment today to bring attention to the need to ensure access to mental health services for all.

Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority!

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