Torture Survivor Rehabilitation Center Honors Senator Patrick Leahy
St. Paul, MN –The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT), an international nongovernmental organization based in Minnesota dedicated to healing survivors of torture, will present its annual Eclipse Award to Senator Patrick Leahy on June 26, 2013—International Day in Support of Victims of Torture—in recognition of Senator Leahy’s extraordinary leadership in the protection of refugees, promotion of human rights, prevention of torture, and efforts to ensure survivors of torture have access to rehabilitative care.
“CVT is delighted to honor Senator Leahy with the Eclipse Award,” said Curt Goering, executive director of CVT. “He has been a towering figure in human rights throughout his service in the Senate, and we are particularly grateful to Senator Leahy for his work to provide badly needed funds for torture survivor rehabilitation.”
Vermont is home to the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma Program that provides integrated psychological and legal services to survivors of torture in Vermont and the greater New England area.
“Thanks to Senator Leahy, thousands of torture survivors around the world have been given help to heal from their wounds and new hope to rebuild their lives,” said Goering.
Among his many notable achievements, Senator Leahy has secured increased funding levels for the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and authored and sponsored several important anti-torture and human rights legislation, including the Leahy Law on Human Rights, the Refugee Protection Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act.
Senator Leahy will receive the Eclipse Award on June 26 in Washington, DC as part of a half-day symposium on Torture is a Weapon Against Democracy: How the United States is Working to End Torture Globally that will bring together policymakers, academics, nongovernmental organizations, and torture survivors to discuss how torture acts as an assault on the fundamental pillars of democracy and why torture survivor rehabilitation matters for building or rebuilding trust and establishing or restoring democratic institutions.
CVT presents the Eclipse Award each year around June 26 to an individual or organization that has played a crucial role in the prevention of torture or treatment of torture survivors. June 26 is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture because that is the day in 1987 when the Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment went into effect. Events are held around the world to celebrate this day.
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