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Marie Soueid, CVT legal fellow, looks at detention conditions for families seeking asylum.

Marie Soueid, CVT legal fellow in the Washington, D.C. office, comments on recent event featuring photographic documentation of torture in Syria.

Alison Beckman
Asylum and refugee officers are making decisions that can have serious consequences. My job is to help them understand what torture survivors have experienced so that they, in turn, can be sensitive to interviewing torture survivors while making wise and informed decisions.
Annie Sovcik
Since 2011, an estimated 200,000 Syrians have been killed and over 11 million have been displaced. As CVT supports the #WithSyria campaign to turn the lights back on for Syria, we also support efforts to shine a greater light on the abuses and atrocities that have been committed by all sides of the conflict, including the Assad regime, and bring perpetrators to justice.
When I think of International Women’s Day, I think of the women we see every day here at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) in our treatment programs in the U.S., Jordan, Kenya, Ethiopia, and soon, Uganda. Around the world, the numbers of refugees and displaced people are growing, and many of the women we serve at CVT are refugees.
CVT is among a coalition of civil liberties, human rights, national security, and religious organizations opposing legislation that would ban detainee transfers out of the Guantanamo detention facility.
A new poll finds 69 percent of Americans agree that "torture is immoral."

Last week, under the leadership of Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee made public the executive summary of its 6,000-plus page report on the CIA’s use of torture post 9/11. CVT has worked for the release of this report for more than four years.Please read CVT’s statement in response to the release of the executive summary.The executive summary describes some things we already knew: that the CIA torture program was more brutal and widespread than had been previously reported, and that the CIA intentionally misled the Congress and the Executive Branch.

For The Atlantic, Dr. Steve Miles, a professor at the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics and a CVT board member, participates in a Q&A on doctors’ involvement in torture. Dr. Miles is also the author of the book, Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors.

Twelve Noble Peace Prize laureates wrote to President Obama urging the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture.

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