• Healing the Body and the Mind with Physical Therapy

    Halimah fled her home country after being tortured, shot at, raped, and held by rebels for six months. Desperate for a new life, she made her way to Nairobi. When she finally found CVT, she was in pain with a broken bone and a torn muscle. Halimah joined a women’s counseling group and started healing emotionally and psychologically. But when she joined one of the new physical therapy groups, her physical healing and transformation began.

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  • New Allies, New Resources

    At CVT, we approach our advocacy work from a perspective that is different from our human rights colleagues. We are not attorneys; we are healers. We give voice to people who were purposely silenced by the perpetrators of torture. We are the only human rights advocacy group that is grounded in more than two decades of helping individual torture survivors heal from their wounds and rebuild their lives. Having extended care to more than 25,000 survivors, CVT has a unique level of knowledge, experience and credibility. Read more about how we create new allies against torture and new resources to heal survivors.

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  • Strengthening Torture Rehabilitation Centers

    In Sierra Leone, CVT psychotherapist/trainer Jesus Perez Cazorla is working with the Community Association for Psychosocial Services (CAPS), one of the partners in our Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) project, to train, mentor and support the clinical staff. PATH is providing professional, intellectual and emotional support to ten torture rehabilitation centers to help them grow and develop so that more men and women can receive the mental health care they need.

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  • Asylum: A Lifeline for Healing from Torture

    In our St. Paul Healing Center, nearly two-thirds of all clients are seeking asylum—some waiting up to four years for an answer. Until asylum is granted, though, survivors face the risk of being forced to return to the countries responsible for their torture.

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  • Healing in the Heart of Nairobi

    A group of men, women and children lives in the bustle of Nairobi, Kenya, yet remains largely unnoticed. They are refugees who have fled civil war, tribal conflicts and persecution at the hands of authorities. While they seek more peaceful lives, their tortured pasts often follow them in the form of nightmares, despair or anxiety. This spring, the Center for Victims of Torture is launching its newest international project in Nairobi to bring hope and healing to these urban refugees.

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  • Healing Through Storytelling

    Every torture survivor has a story to tell. Left untold, it festers and erupts in nightmares, anxiety, shame and panic attacks. But when survivors tell their stories in a therapeutic setting, they start down the path to healing. In this issue of our Storycloth newsletter, you’ll learn how important it is for torture survivors to tell their story as part of the healing process.

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  • Living and Healing Internationally

    At CVT we rely on expatriate professionals to provide high quality mental health care to survivors of torture and war trauma. They do this under difficult circumstances, working in refugee camps and post-conflict countries where infrastructure and services are limited. New expats must also be prepared to deal with the emotional aspects of their work, including hearing stories of torture and trauma regularly and living as a stranger in a community. The life of an expat is not easy, yet it is filled with intangible rewards of watching local counselors learn and hearing directly from the survivors how their lives have changed.

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  • Healing Survivors Where They Live

    Torture survivors aren’t always able to receive the help they need at our healing centers, so we find ways to reach them through community collaborations, mobile units or simply staff on bicycles. This issue of Storycloth highlights the ways that we bring healing to survivors where they live.

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  • Partnering to Heal Survivors

    Over 140 torture rehabilitation centers around the world make a unique contribution in the fight to end torture and to heal the men and women who have survived it. They reclaim leaders targeted for torture, document evidence of torture and expose the secrecy used to hide human rights abuses. But many centers operate in isolation and fear. CVT's new Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) project will offer professional, intellectual and emotional support to the staff of 10 of these centers.

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  • Healing Across Cultures

    Using music and other customs in the healing process is routine for the clinical staff at CVT. This newsletter shares how CVT provides healing services across cultures. You’ll also read Douglas A. Johnson’s last “Letter from the Executive Director.”

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