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CVT responds with sadness to the death of M.Cherif Bassiouni, a globally recognized champion of the rights of victims of torture.

Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell, CVT director of development, met with 9 women clients on a recent donor trip to CVT Jordan and reflects on the insight they shared with her.

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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The United States must never again resort to the use of torture. Here are ten facts about torture that everyone must know.

Curt Goering, CVT executive director, remarks on the trial of “torture psychologists” Mitchell and Jessen. 

On the occasion of the U.S. solar eclipse, CVT reflects on its logo - an eclipse itself, symbolizing the journey out of the darkness of trauma into the light of healing.

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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