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CVT Mourns the Passing of Mark Jacobson, Long-time Board Member

Published May 2, 2023

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) today issued this statement in response to news of the death of Mark Jacobson, a long-time board member and leader.

“We are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Mark Jacobson, who has been on CVT’s board of directors for more than seven years, and on whose leadership and expertise we have relied in many, many ways. An attorney by profession, Mark was generous with his time and guidance, and the Center for Victims of Torture benefitted immensely from his leadership on matters of policy, strategy and fundraising.

“Mark joined the board in 2015 after hearing of CVT through his pro bono work representing survivors of torture seeking asylum in the United States. His commitment to survivors and to the work of CVT was tireless, and he put in countless hours with the board strategizing and guiding the future of the organization.

“It was my privilege and honor to work with Mark. I especially appreciated his honesty, directness and ever-present good humor. In our many hours together, I found a friend. This is a sad day for the CVT family. We send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.” -Dr. Simon Adams, CVT president and CEO


The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization with offices in Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, United States and additional project sites around the world. Visit www.cvt.org

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