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"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.

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.

Craig Higson-Smith, MA, CVT director of research, discusses a new study conducted by colleagues about Testimony Therapy where participants in the therapy relay testimonies of their traumatic experience in order to diminish their post-traumatic stress levels.

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.

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