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Jim Wolford, co-owner and chief executive officer of Atomic Data, hopes that his company's sponsorship of CVT's Restoring Hope Breakfast will inspire other businesses to participate.

The following speech was delivered by Curt Goering, CVT executive director, in Spokane, Washington, on September 9, 2017. He was invited by the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture to speak on the occasion of settlement of an historic lawsuit filed against two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who designed the CIA torture program after the attacks of 9/11.

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Yacob Abreha, psychosocial counselor at CVT Ethiopia, writes about destigmatizing mental health care in his community.

Fatimah, psychosocial counselor at CVT Ethiopia, writes about her experience as a refugee and a counselor in the community.

Walaa Awwad, senior physiotherapist, CVT Jordan, writes about the ways physiotherapy improves the lives of survivors of torture and about the many things she’s learned from their healing journey.

Julie Krause, expert psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Ethiopia, writes about new mandala murals CVT installed on our buildings in the refugee camps and about the powerful role that art plays in the healing process.

Esayas Kiflom, program evaluation officer, CVT Ethiopia, writes about his work measuring clients' progress through the therapeutic process.

Independence Day celebrations involving fireworks can trigger memories of bombings and gunfire from conflicts at home for some refugees. Kathleen O'Donnell, social worker and Leora Hudak, psychotherapist write to remind people to be mindful of refugee families in their neighborhoods.

For a Torture Healing Awareness Month roundtable discussion, three CVT healers address their respective roles in helping survivors of torture along their healing journey, insights they have learned from clients and the nuanced work of torture healing.

In honor of June 26, the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Curt Goering, CVT executive director, shares a message of survival, healing and hope. 

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