The Center for Victims of Torture is dedicated to helping survivors heal from the wounds of torture and to ending torture worldwide. Often local organizations are already well positioned to serve survivors directly in contextually appropriate ways. Therefore, CVT works closely with local organizational partners to reach and serve many more survivors, communities and regions than we could on our own.
The Helping Survivors Heal (HSH) project is a capacity development project designed to expand survivors’ access to quality, evidence-informed care. The primary mechanism of change involves tailored partnerships with 12 selected local organizations in several major geographical regions. The HSH team of technical advisors works collaboratively with partners to identify and achieve their goals related to organizational effectiveness – including service quality and organizational sustainability – and to strengthen the capacity of the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) workforces in their local contexts. HSH also plans to reach additional service providers and organizations through less intensive remote capacity development activities offered through CVT and through cooperation with the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).
There are four primary areas where the HSH team focuses its work: