CVT Condemns the Supreme Court Ruling to Reinstate the Travel Ban

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) has released this statement in response to today’s Supreme Court ruling to lift portions of blocks to President Trump’s travel ban:

“We are gravely disturbed that the U.S. Supreme Court has partially reinstated the travel ban and will review the case in the fall when they reconvene. The ruling means that refugees are prohibited from travel into the U.S. for 120 days. During these 120 days, thousands of survivors of torture are, once again, thrown into a situation of uncertainty and fear.

“This ruling feeds into the administration’s false narrative of conflating victims and perpetrators. There are victims of torture, war trauma and sexual violence waiting to seek safety in the United States. The court’s decision today stigmatizes them.

“As the decision allows for family reunification, the State Department and Department of Homeland Security should work to ensure those cases are processed without delay.

“We strongly urge the Court to reverse this decision and take action that aligns more closely with the American values of opening our doors to those who desperately need safe haven, including scores of survivors of torture.” – Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel


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