CVT Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Senator Rod Grams

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

St. Paul, MN – The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) today issued this statement in response to the news of the passing of former Minnesota U.S. Senator Rod Grams:

“We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Grams,” said Pete Dross, CVT director of policy and development. “During his time in the Senate, he was a leader in efforts to help torture survivors recover from their wounds and rebuild productive lives of dignity.

“Senator Grams worked closely with the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone to achieve passage of the Torture Victims Relief Act in 1998. This important legislation provides much-needed financial assistance for both domestic and international programs to treat survivors of torture. The success of their work signified Minnesota’s bipartisan tradition of supporting torture survivors. 

“Senator Grams also spoke up for U.S. contributions to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, a lifeline to torture survivor rehabilitation centers around the world.

“Senator Grams’ commitment to torture survivors did not end when he left the Senate. He went on to serve as a member of CVT’s board of directors, and for that we are very proud and grateful.

“His leadership in support of torture survivors will not be forgotten. On behalf of the CVT Board of Directors and staff, I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senator Grams.”


The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit headquartered in St. Paul, MN with an office in Washington, D.C. and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. Visit

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