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Having trouble seeing eye to eye about politics with friends and family on social media? Are you trying to change minds and getting nowhere? New Tactic provides some examples of ways to create a scene, grab attention, open new spaces for dialogue and leverage pop culture that have been used to create change on a local level.

"The world must not give up hope for peace in Syria," writes Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, in support of The Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act that calls for transitional justice in the war-torn country. 

Dawit Weldab shares his insights as a psychosocial counselor for CVT Ethiopia in the Adi Harush refugee camp, helping clients make improvements in their lives and in the way they feel.

"In worrisome times like these, it is our clients—survivors of torture, warfare and tremendous atrocities—who teach us about deep human resilience and hope," writes Curt Goering, remarking on Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. 

Recent CVT training and networking sessions in St. Cloud for Somali refugees focused on parenting, stress management and available resources as they work to integrate into their new community.

Casie Iwata, a social worker and case manager at our St. Paul Healing Center, writes about empowering clients as they struggle with the immense questions about safety, their rights and how to feel secure in an uncertain environment.

Struggling to identify where you can make an impact? Brent Jensen, New Tactics in Human Rights online engagement coordinator, provides five examples of tactics used to curate local action and create more inclusive communities.

Frezgi Gebrekristos, a counselor at CVT Ethiopia, details the hope and progress survivors of torture experience in the ten weeks of CVT's counseling cycle.

Bereket Tadesse, counseling supervisor for CVT Ethiopia, writes about helping child refugees fleeing from Eritrea, separated from their families and recovering from trauma.

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, reflects on the steps Iraq must take to establish truth and justice for its victims on International Day for the Right to Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.

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