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Interviews with CVT Clients

CVT adheres to HIPAA regulations at all times. An informed consent process is part of any request for interviews with clients, and can take several weeks.

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Effects of Torture

U.S. Bi-Partisan Leadership Against Torture

The Hidden Harm


Defining Torture

Torture is a deliberate and systematic dismantling of a person’s identity and humanity through physical or psychological pain and suffering. Torture’s purpose is to destroy a sense of community, eliminate leaders, create a climate of fear, and produce a culture of apathy. The most common forms of torture reported by CVT clients are beatings and psychological torture. It is estimated that there are more than 50,000 torture survivors in Minnesota and as many as 1.3 million in the U.S.

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We heal victims of torture through unique services and professional care worldwide.

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We strengthen partners who heal torture survivors and work to prevent torture.

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We advocate for the protection & care of torture survivors and an end to torture.

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