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An ongoing exchange of knowledge, practices, ideas and creative strategies supports our movement to heal survivors and inspire effective action to end torture worldwide. CVT shares information in many formats in hopes that sharing knowledge will build awareness and support action for healing and justice.

Freedom from torture is a fundamental human right. It’s important to know the facts about torture so we can work to end it forever.

Torture is illegal.
Torture is a crime. It is explicitly banned by the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. And it’s a crime under U.S. law. There are no exceptions.

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For Healing Professionals

Extending rehabilitative care to people who have survived deeply traumatizing experiences is challenging for those in the healing professions.
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For Torture Survivors

Many people have been hurt by armies, clans, gangs and people from the government. Sometimes these events can cause physical and emotional pain or problems for many years.

Other Resources

Hidden Harm

Many people associate torture with scars. But torturers have perfected ways of inflicting grave pain without ever leaving a mark on the flesh. From a medical and psychological perspective, these abuses constitute torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Facts

Over the years, CVT has witnessed extraordinary healing, courage and resilience among clients, as well as confusion and misunderstanding from many in the public about the lives and challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers. Here are eight facts intended to help dispel some of the myths about who refugees and asylum seekers really are.

Reports and Research

CVT staff conduct research and assessments and frequently publish reports or articles in peer-reviewed journals with in-depth information about the areas where we work.

Self Care

What’s normal after a dangerous, life-threatening or traumatic experience? What might you feel in the days and weeks after? What can you do for self-care?