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  • Georgia’s new 988 mental health crisis hotline is already responsive

    The CVT Georgia team worked with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the outcomes of the new 988 mental health crisis line. “One key area for improvement is making the 988 hotline more accessible to non-native English speakers, said Darlene Lynch, Head of External Relations for The Center for Victims of Torture Georgia. Lynch, whose organization works with refugees and other survivors of torture, said that very few of the community groups she works with are aware of the number’s existence.”

    Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Date: 09/15/2022

  • Tiki Bars and Torture at Guantánamo

    Yumna Rizvi, CVT Policy Analyst, traveled to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba to the detention center. She wrote this piece for Inkstick Media on her visit. She said, “Over the last year, I have worked intensively on closing the Guantánamo detention center. I’m intimately familiar with its history and follow closely what’s happening there now. I can say that Guantánamo is a place I was not prepared for. After a week-long visit, I can say that.”

    Source: Inkstick Media
    Date: 09/13/2022

  • Why the Self-Proclaimed 9/11 Mastermind Hasn't Seen Trial 21 Years Later

    As Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has been held for 21 years without trial, Scott Roehm, CVT Washington director, comments, "The truth is that, at this point, there is no realistic prospect of a trial, much less a fair one, in any forum."

    Source: Newsweek
    Date: 09/11/2022

  • Who is Volker Türk?

    CVT President and CEO Dr. Simon Adams was quoted in this article. One of his quotes from Devex: “Simon Adams, CEO at the Center for Victims of Tortures said Volker was highly regarded by independent refugee outfits. ‘He was seen as being a little braver than your average U.N. diplomat, less prone to U.N. speak and more willing to work with NGOs and try to push the refugee and human rights agenda forward,’ he said.

    Source: Devex
    Date: 09/09/2022

  • Activists push for work release to reconnect the incarcerated with society

    --“Activists Push for Work Release to Reconnect the Incarcerated with Society” As part of efforts to bring change to the prison system in Minnesota, Ta'Mara Hill, CVT policy officer, commented on the importance of work release in this article by Henry Pan in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. “When you do things that are illegal, you go to prison, and the point of prison is to keep the community safe and to rehabilitate you,” she told the reporter, adding “Work release is important because it’s kind of a culmination of all of those ideas.”  

    Source: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
    Date: 08/12/2022

  • The Politics of the Hangman’s Noose: Judge, Jury & Executioner

    Dr. Simon Adams, president and CEO, commented on executions of activists in Myanmar.

    Source: Inter Press Service News Agency
    Date: 08/03/2022

  • Prevention Research Center Releases 2022 Clarkston Summit Impact Report

    Darlene Lynch, head of external relations, CVT Georgia, was quoted in the release of the 2022 Clarkston Summit Impact Report issued by Georgia State University Prevention Research Center.

    Source: Georgia State University
    Date: 08/02/2022

  • Police Torture in the U.S.: What to Know About the History of Law Enforcement Violence This op-ed commemorates the International

    CVT policy officer Ta’Mara Hill wrote this OpEd for Teen Vogue. “On June 26, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I’m honored to uphold a group of survivors who are often forgotten in the global conversation about torture and degrading treatment: U.S. citizens and residents who have been tortured or abused during interactions with law enforcement or while incarcerated or jailed. I also remember the families of those who have been murdered by police or while in custody; they too are survivors, and they are the driving force behind our movement for justice. There are two steps toward making that reality our own: First, and this is more straightforward, is to call violence what it is ... The second is what we’ve been doing for centuries: Demand accountability until we’re free.”  

    Source: Teen Vogue
    Date: 06/24/2022

  • Guantanamo Bay detainee sues US for imprisonment beyond scheduled release

    Majid Khan was due to be released on 1 March, his lawyers say, but continues to be imprisoned despite Biden's goal to close the detention centre. Both Scott Roehm and Yumna Rizvi from CVT were quoted in this article from Middle East Eye: "Mr Khan's situation is a perfect example of Guantanamo’s cruel absurdity - he accepted his punishment and served his time, but is now worse off than he had been because not only is he still there, but also some in the government apparently think he doesn’t need to talk to his lawyers anymore now that his criminal case is finished," Scott Roehm, director of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), told MEE in a statement. Yumna Rizvi, a policy analyst at CVT, told MEE: "It is outrageous that the government continues to detain Majid Khan, who cooperated with the government for 10 years, pled guilty, and whose sentence ended three months ago. "The military jury at his sentencing hearing wrote what happened to him was a stain on the moral fiber of the United States; so is continuing to hold him, while also apparently severely restricting his access to his lawyers.

    Source: Middle East Eye
    Date: 06/09/2022

  • GPTC Partners with Multiple Agencies to Provide Seamless Education & Employment Access for Immigrants, Refugees

    Darlene Lynch, head of external relations, CVT Georgia, is quoted in her roles for CVT and for the Business and Immigration for Georgia (BIG) Partnership.

    Source: Metro Atlanta CEO
    Date: 06/07/2022

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