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No one is immune from torture. We work with survivors from countries around the world, from every profession, every type of education, every background. Survivors tell us they were taken and tortured because they were activists, journalists, medical professionals, students, and many more. Rebuilding a life after torture is not easy, but survivors make that journey every day.
The Center for Victims of Torture has extended care to more than 46,000 survivors of torture. Just last year, we cared for more than 11,400 survivors and their family members.
Teachers and students, nurses and doctors, attorneys, farmers, activists, daughters, sons, parents: CVT has worked with people from every walk of life after they survived torture.
“For those who’ve also gone through difficult times, I hope they know they can get help by coming. You’re still a human being. Have love.” -Former client, CVT Uganda
Survivors tell us they were targeted for their political opinions, their religion, their ethnicity, their relationship to another targeted person, and often for no reason at all.
“CVT restored my life.” -Former client, CVT Jordan
Stories like those we hear from survivors are more common than you may think. People don’t expect to be tortured, but around the world conflict and oppression are common and foster conditions that lead to torture. In fact, in 2022 we extended care to survivors who were tortured in more than 50 countries.
“CVT made me realize you as a person are important.” -Former client, CVT Uganda