Amnesty International Leader Next Executive Director at the Center for Victims of Torture

Monday, February 13, 2012


ST. PAUL, MINN – The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) today announced that Curt Goering has accepted an offer to be CVT’s next executive director. He will begin May 1.

Goering has worked at Amnesty International USA for nearly 30 years, currently serving as its Chief Operating Officer. In his current role, he managed the largest branch of this global human rights organization, significantly expanding its advocacy programs, membership and offices. In addition to directing the day to day operations, he has been involved in strategy development, public policy and planning, financial oversight and external relations. He chaired a global policy team based on five continents, leading to new research and advocacy policies. His experience has given him deep knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian issues.

“During our search for a new executive director, Curt immediately impressed us as an accomplished and effective senior executive in a large international organization,” said Patti Andreini Arnold, chair, CVT Board of Directors. “He continued to impress us with his intelligence, passion and knowledge of the human rights movement. We are thrilled that he will be leading CVT.”

Over his professional career, Goering led a dozen Amnesty International missions including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Taiwan, Turkey, and Tanzania. In addition to his positions with Amnesty as a researcher, advocacy director for Europe and the Middle East, Senior Deputy Executive Director and his current role as Chief Operating Officer, he has assumed other assignments.  For example, in 2009 he was asked to serve as an interim Head of the Gaza office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Goering will begin as executive director at CVT’s Minneapolis administrative office on May 1.


Brad Robideau
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