Healing and Human Rights: A Blog by the Center for Victims of Torture

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As we face the one-year anniversary of President Trump's Travel Ban, Curt Goering, CVT executive director, shares a former client’s story about the devastating impacts of the ban on his family and their future.

On the 16th anniversary of detainees arriving at Guantanamo Bay prison, 41 are still imprisoned there.

As hearings begin today in North Carolina about the state's involvement in the U.S. torture program, Scott Roehm, CVT director of the Washington office, comments on the importance of this kind of examination and accountability.

Independence Day celebrations involving fireworks can trigger memories of bombings and gunfire from conflicts at home for some refugees. Kathleen O'Donnell, social worker and Leora Hudak, psychotherapist write to remind people to be mindful of refugee families in their neighborhoods.

In honor of June 26, the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Curt Goering, CVT executive director, shares a message of survival, healing and hope. 

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.

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

"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. 

"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. 

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.

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