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  • 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

  • Reconsider Case Against U.S. Park Police Officers Who Killed Bijan Ghaisar

    Coverage of a letter signed by CVT and partner organizations to Attorney General Merrick Garland, urging him to reconsider the case against U.S. Park Police officers who killed Bijan Ghaisar in 2017

    Source: Blue Virginia
    Date: 05/19/2022

  • CVT supports the bipartisan Clean Slate Act in Minnesota

    Since 2014, Minnesota has had a petition-based expungement system in place. The Clean Slate Act of 2022, if enacted, would automate expungements for some of the offenses that already qualify for expungement under the current petition process.

    Source: Minnesota House of Representatives
    Date: 05/09/2022

  • Grants support local nonprofits that disrupt racial equity

    Source: Insight News
    Date: 04/14/2022

  • Caring for Refugee Women in the "Ellis Island of the South"

    A great piece highlighting our CVT Georgia partner Friends of the Refugees, and their important work on refugee maternal health. We are grateful and proud to support their work with our training on culturally-appropriate, trauma-informed care.

    Source: Direct Relief
    Date: 04/06/2022

  • Ukraine refugee crisis raises bigger issues

    Dr. Simon Adams, CVT president and CEO, appeared on CGTN’s show The Hub with Wang Guan, speaking about the refugee crisis in Ukraine and around the world.

    Source: CGTN America
    Date: 03/31/2022

  • ‘I’m Happy … I’m Free’: SPLC Wins Asylum for Nicaraguan Man Released from ‘Black Hole’ Immigrant Prison

    SPLC cites a 2019 article by Andrea Cárcamo, formerly CVT senior policy counsel, regarding the Stewart immigration detention facility in Georgia.

    Source: Southern Poverty Law Center
    Date: 03/25/2022

  • The 9/11 Trial: Why Are Plea Bargain Talks Underway?

    “The Bush administration tortured the defendants and built a system to avoid the consequences of it,” said Scott Roehm, the Washington director of the Center for Victims of Torture. “That was never going to work.”

    Source: New York Times
    Date: 03/20/2022


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