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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."

Rosa E. Garcia-Peltoniemi, Ph.D, LP, senior consulting clinician CVT, shares the benefits of using eye pillows to promote good sleep hygiene and the importance of sleep while healing. 

Mussie Abel Fissehaye, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia, writes about the innovative methods he uses to help children heal after traumatic experiences.

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.

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