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Curt Goering

Curt Goering discusses the new book about Dadaab, "City of Thorns," with author Ben Rawlence.

As refugees from nearby countries move into the vast camps in Dadaab, Kenya, they go through a process of settling in and learning about the new environment. Because most refugees here have fled countries like Somalia and South Sudan with known histories of conflict and violence, it’s important to CVT to reach out to help as many torture survivors as needed.

Suzanne Jabbour

Suzanne Jabbour, executive director of PATH partner Restart Center in Tripoli, Lebanon, gave the keynote address at a special event on December 10 in Washington, D.C. We have shared her comments from the event on our blog.

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.

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, urges the international community to commit to a real solution to the Syrian crisis during the Feb. 4 conference in London.
Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, urges accountability after listening to the stories of dozens of Syrian refugee survivors of torture and war atrocities.
Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, comments on the needs of torture survivors as detailed in CVT’s Reclaiming Hope report.
December2015 StCloud Training Welcome

While news reports have focused on refugees desperately seeking safety and stability in Europe, other refugees who have been resettled are working to integrate into new communities such as St. Cloud, Minnesota. Earlier this winter, CVT facilitated a training and networking session in St. Cloud for professionals who work with refugee communities and for the newcomers themselves.

Alyce Eaton

“I am suffering and sad.” This is one of hundreds of comments made by torture survivors as they complete CVT’s intake process. In each of CVT’s International Services projects, one of the first activities in which a survivor participates is a thorough intake interview. These intake assessments are important to building the therapeutic relationship and providing us with a better understanding of our clients.

Valerie Spencer, CVT board member, reflects on the courage and resilience of women torture survivors she met on a recent visit to CVT Jordan.

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