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Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell, CVT director of development, met with 9 women clients on a recent donor trip to CVT Jordan and reflects on the insight they shared with her.

Henock Tesfa Keno, administration/finance manager, CVT Ethiopia, writes about the important role of every person at CVT in ensuring sustained, effective care for those who have survived torture.

The following speech was delivered by Curt Goering, CVT executive director, in Spokane, Washington, on September 9, 2017. He was invited by the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture to speak on the occasion of settlement of an historic lawsuit filed against two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who designed the CIA torture program after the attacks of 9/11.

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The United States must never again resort to the use of torture. Here are ten facts about torture that everyone must know.

Yacob Abreha, psychosocial counselor at CVT Ethiopia, writes about destigmatizing mental health care in his community.

Curt Goering, CVT executive director, remarks on the trial of “torture psychologists” Mitchell and Jessen. 

Fatimah, psychosocial counselor at CVT Ethiopia, writes about her experience as a refugee and a counselor in the community.

On the occasion of the U.S. solar eclipse, CVT reflects on its logo - an eclipse itself, symbolizing the journey out of the darkness of trauma into the light of healing.

Walaa Awwad, senior physiotherapist, CVT Jordan, writes about the ways physiotherapy improves the lives of survivors of torture and about the many things she’s learned from their healing journey.

Julie Krause, expert psychotherapist/trainer, CVT Ethiopia, writes about new mandala murals CVT installed on our buildings in the refugee camps and about the powerful role that art plays in the healing process.

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