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Ethiopia Counselors Stretch

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Posted in Global Health
At the Center for Victims of Torture, we are horrified to hear of the attack on Garissa University College in Kenya today. The loss of innocent lives is absolutely devastating. Under these dreadful circumstances, we feel fortunate to report that all CVT employees are safe. Residents of Garissa are family, neighbors, friends and colleagues, and our hearts are with them in their suffering and grief.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Many may not be ready to tell their story in front of a truth commission or international tribunal—some may never be ready. They may not even be ready to tell their story confidentially to a clinician to begin the process of healing. But if and when they are ready, the choice should be their own. The international community, governments and non-governmental organizations alike, should be there to offer support and expertise. The truth that must emerge must be the survivor’s own.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
CVT Research Associate, Jennifer Esala, Ph.D, answers key questions on monitoring and evaluation and how it supports program development.
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Annie Sovcik
Friday, March 13, 2015
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.
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Saturday, March 7, 2015
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.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015
This coming Sunday, March 8, is International Women’s Day – a day to mark the global economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This year’s theme – Make It Happen – is particularly fitting for one of our partners in the Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) project -- Vive Žene.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
“Your help to me is mandatory because if you do not help me I will die.” Those were the first words from Oba, a young Congolese man who joined one of our counseling groups.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
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.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Posted in Human Rights, Refugees
The UN Security Council holds a meeting on the “Protection of civilians in armed conflict.”
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
For survivors, their bodies often become perceived as the enemy because of the pain. By reducing the pain, we’re helping people become more comfortable in their bodies again. We also know that as pain levels go down, emotions become more positive which promotes better relationships and more meaningful lives.
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