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New Tactics in Human Rights

In the spring of 2010, the New Tactics in Human Rights program launched the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Initiative to strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders in the MENA region. This new phase of the program included training local human rights activists in the New Tactics 5-Step Strategic Effectiveness method.

Brent Jensen, online community coordinator for New Tactics in Human Rights, summarizes the ten most important considerations for NGOs working with photography as part of activism.

Melina Milazzo, CVT senior policy counsel, comments on admission by ex-CIA senior official that the CIA employed torture techniques.

Do No Harm t-shirt

From across the nation, a group of psychologists, Grad Students Talk: Psychology Graduate Students Invested in Social Justice, are discussing current issues affecting our communities. The group conducts conference calls to discuss events and actions that are relevant in our communities. As a safe place for dialogue and ideas to be considered, Grad Students Talk has recently touched on the topic of torture.

Marie Soueid, CVT legal fellow, looks at detention conditions for families seeking asylum.

Marie Soueid, CVT legal fellow in the Washington, D.C. office, comments on recent event featuring photographic documentation of torture in Syria.

Curt Goering, CVT executive director, recalls the devastation in Bosnia twenty years ago, and notes the progress that has been made for healing and rebuilding.

A brief look back at the founding of the Center for Victims of Torture.

Only John Oliver would enlist the elocutionary skills of an Academy Award-winning actor to compel people to read the U.S. Senate’s Report on CIA Torture, but even as it is narrated in Dame Helen Mirren’s soothing voice, the torture carried out by the CIA against its detainees during its cruel interrogation program, is still horrifying. On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver brought to a mainstream audience what professional interrogators, terror experts, rehabilitation experts, and survivors of torture all already know: the tale of torture’s effectiveness is “one of those movie tropes that’s got no basis in real life.”

Zarqa Family_mother and son
In honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we’re sharing this article that was originally published in our Storycloth newsletter in November 2014. Increasingly, our staff in Jordan is seeing children and young people who need mental health and physical therapy care to cope with their traumatic experiences. Now, more than a third of our clients in Jordan are under the age of 18. To help heal these young survivors, the counseling and physical therapy staff developed ten-week joint physical therapy/counseling groups that provide age-appropriate activities.

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