The Center for Victims of Torture Launches “It Starts with Hope” | Center for Victims of Torture

The Center for Victims of Torture Launches “It Starts with Hope”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) today announced the release of “It Starts with Hope,” an anthology of poetry, essays and images reflecting the theme of hope, the common thread found throughout CVT’s work with survivors of torture.

“At CVT, we are inspired every single day by the hope that brings survivors of torture to our doors in our locations around the world, and by the hope we witness in our work with survivors as they rebuild their lives,” said Betsy Brown, CVT’s communications director and co-editor of the book with Ted Bowman.  “As CVT marked its 30th anniversary in 2015, we asked people to share with us what hope means to them. From around the world, people sent original photos, poems, essays and messages of hope, which we originally published on Tumblr and which now will be available in this beautiful book.”

“Hope is contagious. When genuine hope is conveyed in person, words or images, there is an impact that is challenging to quantify or even describe,” said Ted Bowman, co-editor with Betsy Brown and longtime CVT volunteer. “For me to have had the privilege of working on the “It Starts with Hope” project has been a highlight that I treasure.”

“It Starts with Hope” (Nodin Press, $19.95) is available at Royalties will be donated to CVT.


The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with offices in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C.; and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East.


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