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  • From ethnic turmoil to vibrant diversity, trio helped Pelican Rapids transform its culture

    This article by reporter Sharon Schmickle profiles three leaders who helped Pelican Rapids embrace rapid change in the mid-1990s. CVT is mentioned as a group that helped local leaders understand the trauma some newly arrived refugees experiences.

    Date: 08/17/2011

  • Editorial: A Minnesota plea for relief in Somalia

    This editorial describes the work of Somalis and organizations based in Minnesota to send relief to Somalis suffering from drought, famine and violence in their home country and the refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya.

    Source: StarTribune
    Date: 08/16/2011

  • The U.S. Committed Torture. Was it Worth It?

    On TIME magazine's Swampland blog, writer Massimo Calabresi share's CVT's knowledge about the effects of mock execution, which includes waterboarding, in this compelling argument against the use of torture.

    Source: TIME
    Date: 08/02/2011

  • Will Obama Honor Brave Forgotten Heroes?

    Writer Nat Hentoff mentions CVT in this column about government officials who spoke out against torture.

    Source: CATO Institute
    Date: 07/06/2011

  • "As Full Rehabilitation as is Possible": Do Torture Survivors Have a Right to Care?

    Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and CVT, this panel featured Dr. Elizabeth Lira, Center for Ethics, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile; Juan E. Méndez, American University – Washington College of Law; Lorne W. Craner, International Republican Institute; Douglas A. Johnson, Center for Victims of Torture.

    Source: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    Date: 06/23/2011

  • For torture victims, flowers, laughter and country music

    Jim Foti, CVT volunteer, wrote this beautiful piece about working with torture survivors at CVT.

    Source: StarTribune
    Date: 06/22/2011

  • Amman: Iraqi refugees and hangin' with Fulbrighters

    Luke Wilcox, communications director for the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, writes about his visit with CVT-Jordan and the on-going crisis of Iraqi refugees.

    Source: Twin Cities Daily Planet
    Date: 06/21/2011

  • A 'silly' debate about torture? What a senseless argument

    Pete Dross, CVT Director of Policy and Development, writes about the torture debate in this op-ed.

    Source: StarTribune
    Date: 05/13/2011

  • Tugging at Threads to Unspool Stories of Torture

    A New York Times article about CVT delves into the difficult and painful story of Iraqi refugees brutalized by torture and war. “Tugging a Thread to Unspool Stories of Torture” tells of three survivors who have sought help from CVT to rebuild lives devastated by torture.

    Source: The New York Times
    Date: 05/03/2011

  • Violence in Ivory Coast Strikes Fear Among Liberians Here

    CVT Executive Director Douglas A. Johnson is quoted in this article about Liberian immigrants and their temporary protected status.

    Source: New America Media
    Date: 03/26/2011


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