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  • Migrant Shelters Try to Help Traumatized Assault Survivors

    Zuryanette Reyes Borrero, CVT bilingual case manager, and Léonce Byimana, director of U.S. clinical services, are quoted in this article about the ongoing mental health crisis at the U.S. Southern border and the ever-growing need for care. Zury says, “We get people at their most vulnerable. Some don’t even realize they’re in the U.S.” And Léonce speaks about how people experienced trauma not only in their past but also during their journey to the border. He says, “The estimated level of need is at least five times higher than we support.” 

    Source: Associated Press
    Date: 12/31/2022

  • Group ask Georgians to Vote for Mental Health

    Darlene Lynch was interviewed by Rebecca Grapevine for the Capitol Beat News Service about the need for mental health services for all Georgians. Grapevine wrote in the Georgia Sun: “Darlene Lynch, head of external relations for the Center for Victims of Torture in Atlanta, said that more culturally and linguistically accessible care is needed to meet the needs of the one-in-10 foreign-born Georgians. ‘Because of the cultural and linguistic barriers, the lack of access in our state … compared to the other top 10 most diverse states in the nation, we lag behind” in providing care to such immigrants, Lynch said. She suggested creating a special division in the state government to focus on providing linguistically and culturally sensitive care.”  

    Source: The Georgia Sun
    Date: 10/25/2022

  • Sept. 11 Case Awaits Biden Administration’s Reply on Plea Deal

    Sept. 11 Case Awaits Biden Administration’s Reply on Plea Deal. The judge has postponed hearings in the case. A proposed agreement would avert a death-penalty trial for the five defendants. A military judge has canceled pretrial hearings in the Sept. 11 case at Guantánamo Bay.

    Source: The New York Times
    Date: 10/23/2022

  • Guantanamo detainee used as 'prop' for torture training losing battle for medical care

    A 2019 report by The Center for Victims of Torture and Physicians for Human Rights found that medical equipment and expertise available on-site were "increasingly insufficient to address detainees' health needs".

    Source: Middle East Eye
    Date: 10/07/2022

  • 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


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