Center for Victims of Torture funded to work with torture rehabilitation centers throughout the world

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


St. Paul – The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) today announced it was awarded a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide technical assistance and training to torture rehabilitation centers throughout the world.

The grant will fund CVT’s International Capacity Building project (ICB) which helps rehabilitation centers provide high quality mental health services to survivors of torture. Over the last decade, CVT has helped strengthen 21 rehabilitation centers located in countries where human rights violations are routine.

The grant will allow CVT to provide more intense training and emphasis on mental health services for 10 independent, foreign rehabilitation centers. CVT will place an experienced psychologist in each center to provide long-term training, mentoring and in-person supervision.

Each center will receive financial assistance in the form of sub-grants. CVT also will devote attention to issues related to sex and gender, including working with survivors of sexual torture, special considerations for male survivors of sexual torture, and the effect of culture, family and oppression on women’s and girls’ access to torture rehabilitation services.

“Many torture rehabilitation centers operate with extremely limited human and financial resources, and often work in isolation,” said Pamela Kriege Santoso, ICB Project Manager. “The USAID grant will help those centers overcome those barriers by providing financial as well as the emotional and intellectual support of colleagues.”

The $8 million grant will support the ICB project for five years. Rehabilitation centers will apply to be a partner in this intensive, hands-on mental health training project. It is expected that CVT will focus on centers located in communities where torture survivors live in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


CVT is a nonprofit based in St. Paul with an office in Washington D.C. and projects in Africa and the Middle East. Visit


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