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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.

"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.

Mary Healy, CVT Volunteer

Mary Healy, a CVT veteran volunteer, shares the hope and resilience she's witnessed in clients while helping them navigate the Twin Cities transit system. 

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.

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.

Simon Cecil, MBA student at the Carlson School of Management, comments on his impressions of CVT’s New Tactics program during a project to increase program accessibility.

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