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Curt Goering, CVT executive director, explains President Trump's FY 18 budget proposal and how it could affect torture survivors and refugees in the U.S. and abroad.

Abeba Kahday Tesfankiel, psychosocial counselor, CVT Ethiopia, writes about the importance of bringing accurate information about rehabilitative care to the refugee community.

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."

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

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

"The world must not give up hope for peace in Syria," writes Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, in support of The Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act that calls for transitional justice in the war-torn country. 

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.

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