Healing Resources for Survivors | Center for Victims of Torture

Healing Resources for Survivors

Over a decade ago, Congress passed the first Torture Victims Relief Act (TVRA) with strong bipartisan support, authorizing funding to support programs domestically and overseas that carry out projects or activities specifically designed to treat victims for the physical and psychological effects of torture. With as many as 1.3 million survivors of torture in the United States, demand for services far exceeds resources.

CVT, in partnership with the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) and Refugee Council USA, advocates for increasing money appropriated to the Office of Refugee Resettlement Torture Treatment Fund, the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, and torture victims’ assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). CVT also seeks to advance the prioritization of high quality and appropriate mental health and psychosocial support services in humanitarian emergency and refugee responses. 

  • Read an article in the Forced Migration Review by CVT staff on the importance of mental health and psychosocial support services for Syrian children and adolescents.
  • CVT welcomed the introduction of the Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2015 by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ/4th). 


We heal victims of torture through unique services and professional care worldwide.

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We strengthen partners who heal torture survivors and work to prevent torture.

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We advocate for the protection & care of torture survivors and an end to torture.

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