CVT Supports the Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act of 2015 | Center for Victims of Torture

CVT Supports the Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act of 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

St. Paul, MN – The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) welcomes the re-introduction this week of the Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act by Representative Keith Ellison.

CVT’s daily rehabilitative care for torture survivors makes it very clear that many refugees coming into the United States have experienced torture and war atrocities. These survivors often feel as if they have ‘lost themselves,’ as torture itself is an attack on all aspects of a person’s life. A vital component of their rehabilitation process is rebuilding their personal and community resources, and this Act would provide real progress in bringing those resources to the people who need them.

The Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act would assist survivors in their healing process in a number of key ways, starting with streamlining refugee processing abroad and providing refugees with greater access to pre-departure English learning and orientation opportunities.

To improve their transition after arrival, the bill would expand domestic programs in the United States that strengthen community supports for refugees and smooth their process of becoming self-sufficient and integrated. Specifically, the bill would enhance the availability of community resources by creating new grant programs to address needs such as transportation, employment training, child care and health services.

The bill also expands the highly successful Match-Grant program, a public-private partnership designed to promote refugees’ economic self-sufficiency. 

“At CVT, we want to recognize and thank Congressman Ellison for his leadership,” said Annie Sovcik, director, Washington Office. “This is the type of legislation that brings real quality-of-life change and enables healing for refugees and survivors of torture.”

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