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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.

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.

Mary Kittakah, associate psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Kenya, recounts a staff retreat taken in January to Hell's Gate National Park. 

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, comments on the importance of the late-breaking blocks of President Trump’s revised refugee ban and of ongoing resistance to the administration’s discriminatory worldview.

"We cannot let abusive language limit our potential for compassion," writes Curt Goering, CVT executive director, in response to the second executive order banning refugees and nationals from six prominently Muslim countries.

The Washington D.C. office of CVT spoke with the Healing and Human Rights blog about their work effecting change in policy concerning torture and the refugee crisis.

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, wrote this Explainer with details on the Executive Order regarding refugees and immigration and subsequent legal actions.

CVT participated in a small roundtable discussion the last weekend in January with Senators Klobuchar and Franken on the impact of the Executive Order (EO) on refugees. 

As a new era begins, Curt Goering, CVT executive director, emphasizes the need to stand with survivors of torture and champion their rights.

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