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Guest blogger Alan Goldfarb writes about barriers to refugees and asylum-seekers due to far-reaching definitions of terrorism.

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Annie Sovcik, director of CVT's Washington, D.C. office, describes what life is like for refugee survivors who have been forced to flee their homes as the result of torture or war.
Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, urges accountability after listening to the stories of dozens of Syrian refugee survivors of torture and war atrocities.
Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, comments on the needs of torture survivors as detailed in CVT’s Reclaiming Hope report.

Rights and freedoms are the focus of this year’s Human Rights Day, according to the UN. Those rights and freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – are the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which applies to all human beings. But this year in particular, that last one, “freedom from fear,” gets stuck in my throat. Because we’re not all free from fear these days. Not by a long shot.

Noor Zada, New Tactics MENA initiative manager in the CVT Jordan office, comments on a new Arabic-language book that educates children about human rights.

Valerie Spencer, CVT board member, reflects on the courage and resilience of women torture survivors she met on a recent visit to CVT Jordan.

CVT helps children cope with the challenges of life in a refugee camp after escaping Eritrea.

Annie Sovcik, director of CVT's Washington Office, urges lawmakers to not conflate the victims of mass government-sponsored atrocities and/or terrorist acts with the perpetrators of such horrific acts.

Curt Goering, CVT executive director, notes the rigorous screening processes refugees must pass before being resettled into the United States.

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