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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.

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

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. 

"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.

"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.

New Tactics, a program of CVT, helped shift a summer intern's life course toward human rights advocacy and creativity.

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.

Haruka Yuminaga, a former CVT intern in the New Tactics program, wrote about her experience in this letter to her parents.

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