Healing and Human Rights: A Blog by the Center for Victims of Torture

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Independence Day celebrations involving fireworks can trigger memories of bombings and gunfire from conflicts at home for some refugees. Kathleen O'Donnell, social worker and Leora Hudak, psychotherapist write to remind people to be mindful of refugee families in their neighborhoods.

For a Torture Healing Awareness Month roundtable discussion, three CVT healers address their respective roles in helping survivors of torture along their healing journey, insights they have learned from clients and the nuanced work of torture healing.

In honor of June 26, the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Curt Goering, CVT executive director, shares a message of survival, healing and hope. 

Luca Modenesi, CVT clinical advisor for mental health, writes about counseling in locations beyond the traditional therapy setting. 

On World Refugee Day, Neal Porter, CVT director of international services, honors those who have braved escaping violence and warfare in their home countries with hope for a safer tomorrow in their hearts. 

"If you are a parent and you are reading this, you know there is another side to this story. Your children will be the only thing that can bring you back from the darkness. You get out of bed wanting to help yourself for the sake of your children. This motivates you." A blog post about parenting while healing.

Curt Goering, CVT executive director, explains President Trump's FY 18 budget proposal and how it could affect torture survivors and refugees in the U.S. and abroad.

Huy Pham, project manager for National Capacity Building at CVT, writes about his life coming "full circle": from refugee to helping refugees.

Mohamed Jelani, CVT Ethiopia, discusses his role as a psychosocial counselor in the Mai Ayni and Adi Harush refugee camps. He writes, " The part I enjoy the most about my work is during the healing process when people begin to get improvements from the group counseling. I consider this very holy work. They replace a bad situation with a good situation."

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, examines the critical importance of human rights promotion to the United States' national security. 

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