Statement Submitted by the Center for Victims of Torture to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights re: The Syrian Refugee Crisis
On January 7, 2014, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing on the Syrian refugee crisis. In written testimony provided to the subcommittee, CVT urges the U.S. government to expand its support for mental health and psychosocial support programming, including by increasing access to specialized rehabilitation services for survivors.
Excerpt from CVT testimony:
“The needs far exceed the capacity of CVT and other humanitarian aid providers in the region. For example, without doing any public outreach, which is the typical approach, CVT has a waiting list of potential clients of more than 500, the vast majority coming from Syria. Up to 50 Syrian refugees a day come to CVT’s clinics with requests for psychosocial and mental health care for themselves, their children, and other severely distressed family members. This phenomenon of walk-in clients is unprecedented in CVT programs, which attests to the urgency and scale of the trauma treatment needs among this population.”
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