CVT Statement to Senate Foreign Relations Committee re: “Syria After Geneva: Next Steps for U.S. Policy”
On March 26, 2014, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing on "Syria After Geneva: Next Steps for U.S. Policy." In written testimony submitted to the committee, CVT urges the U.S. government to continue to provide robust support for the humanitarian needs of all individuals in Syria impacted by the conflict.
Excerpt from CVT testimony:
“CVT urges the U.S. government to continue to provide robust support for the humanitarian needs of all individuals in Syria impacted by the conflict, to lead the international community in helping to fund global appeals from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and to offer generous humanitarian and development-related assistance to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa who are hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees. As part of the broader humanitarian response, CVT also urges the U.S. government to expand its support for mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programming, including by increasing access to specialized rehabilitation services for survivors of torture. While basic necessities, such as food, shelter, and medical care, cannot be ignored, MHPSS services must be a higher priority.”
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