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Girmalew Teklu, finance/HR officer, CVT Ethiopia, writes about his role as a member of CVT’s non-clinical staff.

Asfaw Woldeyohannes Zegeye, logistics officer, CVT Ethiopia, comments on how all roles within CVT make a difference for survivors of torture and traumatic experiences.

Medhanye Alem, counselor at CVT Ethiopia, writes about his work with Eritrean survivors of trauma of all ages, including many children.

As the UN and U.S. refugee summits begin this week, Annie Sovcik, director of the Washington Office, sends reminders of the past and recommendations for the immediate future on the global refugee crisis. 

As CVT launches our #RejectTorture campaign today, Curt Goering, CVT executive director, asks fellow Americans to remember these simple facts: torture is illegal, immoral, ineffective and makes America less safe.

Abbey Kanzer, psychotherapist and trainer, St. Paul Healing Center, reflects on the complexities of hope and healing in her work with survivors of torture.

Annie Sovcik, Esq.
For July 4th, Annie Sovcik, director of CVT's Washington, D.C., office, considers how our Founding Fathers would react to today's inflammatory rhetoric about torture and about closing our doors to refugees.

Amal Hassan, CVT Somali community liaison, comments on her experience moving to America and the importance of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

Amanda McDonald, CVT social worker and case manager, comments on the transformation her clients have experienced as a result of living at Sarah’s … an Oasis for Women.

Marie Soueid is CVT policy counsel.

Imagine for a moment that the entire population of Washington, D.C. suddenly takes refuge in Tennessee over the course of 5 short years. The new residents, however, are restricted from working, half of their children remain out of school, and housing prices continue to rise for both Tennesseans and Washingtonians.

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