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As CVT reaches out to the community in the refugee camps in Ethiopia, more and more former CVT clients are also reaching out, encouraging survivors of torture to get the care they need.

Yohannes Asmelash Embaye, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia, writes about techniques he uses to help reduce barriers to getting help after traumatic experiences.

Curt Goering, CVT executive director, explains President Trump's FY 18 budget proposal and how it could affect torture survivors and refugees in the U.S. and abroad.

Abeba Kahday Tesfankiel, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia, writes about the importance of bringing accurate information about rehabilitative care to the refugee community.

Huy Pham, project manager for National Capacity Building at CVT, writes about his life coming "full circle": from refugee to helping refugees.

Mohamed Jelani, CVT Ethiopia, discusses his role as a psychosocial counselor in the Mai Ayni and Adi Harush refugee camps. He writes, " The part I enjoy the most about my work is during the healing process when people begin to get improvements from the group counseling. I consider this very holy work. They replace a bad situation with a good situation."

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, examines the critical importance of human rights promotion to the United States' national security. 

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.

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