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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.

Laurie Bangs, CVT volunteer, reflects on building trust and a friendship with a CVT client during a shopping excursion in St. Paul.

To help ease fears, a St. Paul police officer meets with torture survivors at the CVT Healing Center.

For Social Work Month, Brynn Smith, clinic manager, St. Paul Healing Center, comments on the roles of social workers as they help torture survivors rebuild their lives.

Volunteer Laurie Bangs

Laurie Bangs is a retired high school English teacher who taught abroad for the past several years. She now volunteers for CVT as a bus tutor and a befriender.

Shaili Zappa

In less than a year, CVT volunteer Shaili Zappa has already made an important contribution – translating the New Tactics for Human Rights manual into Spanish. “As a Latina who was born and raised in Guatemala, it is important for me to feel like I am helping the Latino community in any way I can, and to make this training manual available for so many people in different communities makes me incredibly happy.”

While studying at the University of Minnesota, an acquaintance who works as a therapist for CVT recommended that Shaili look into volunteering with CVT. After perusing CVT’s website and reading about its unique human rights work, Shaili said, “I pretty much immediately fell in love with the organization.”

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