Georgia | Center for Victims of Torture

Georgia

In 2016, CVT opened a healing center for survivors of torture in Atlanta, Georgia. Here, CVT extends rehabilitative care to refugees and asylum seekers, incorporating the specialized care that is most effective for survivors of torture who have fled their countries to the U.S. in search of safety and a new beginning.

Note: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CVT is currently providing remote telehealth services. We are accepting new clients.

CVT Atlanta uses a holistic model of care that incorporates psychotherapy, clinical case management and professional interpretation to address the unique needs of clients in a safe therapeutic space. We also work to support human rights and the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the state of Georgia, engaging in policy advocacy to enable clients to rebuild their lives and restore their hope after surviving torture. In addition to policy advocacy, our external relations work also includes fund development and communications/community relations.

In 2017, CVT cared for 59 clients in Atlanta. Our focus on refugees and asylum seekers allows us to reach survivors of torture early in their resettlement process, allowing healing to begin sooner than occurs in other locations. Over time, these early interventions help prevent the immense costs that come with unmet needs for mental health care.

CVT Atlanta: How We Help Survivors
We extend confidential rehabilitative care to survivors of political torture and their families.

To refer a client to CVT Atlanta, please fill out this form and send it to us by fax. Once a referral is received, we will make an initial call to the potential client and explain our services. We will ask for information to see if our services are a good fit. If appropriate, we will then schedule an initial screening appointment. We provide live interpretation for each appointment and services are at no cost to clients. Please see this brochure for additional details.

Actions & Events

Letter to CDC: Rescind the Asylum Ban
June 17, 2020
CVT Georgia signed this this letter to Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, urging him to rescind the order banning asylum seeking at the U.S. borders.

2020 CVT Eclipse Award: Dr. Heval Kelli
On June 25, CVT was honored to present its 2020 Eclipse Award to Dr. Heval Kelli, Katz Foundation Fellow in Preventive Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine, to honor his commitment to helping those most in need, including survivors of torture among the refugee populations he serves. Watch the award ceremony here.

Conversations at The Carter Center: Atlanta's Role in the Global Mental Health Revolution
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights 2020 Health Summit: Addressing Mental Health Disparities
Emory University: Preserving Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Contacts
For more information about programming and rehabilitative care, please contact Dr. Adaobi Iheduru, licensed psychologist/team lead, at 470-545-2776 or AIheduru [at] cvt.org For all other inquiries, contact Darlene Lynch, head of external relations at CVT Atlanta, at 404-402-1764 or DLynch [at] cvt.org 

Click here for information about CVT's Georgia Advisory Council.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, survivors of torture need care more than ever. Please give to CVT to ensure we can continue to care for clients.

 

CVT Atlanta is proud to extend healing care to Georgia residents across the metro area, thanks to funding from federal, state and local partners, including the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the Dekalb County Department of Human Services, the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation, and the generous support of Georgia institutional and individual donors. Services are provided at no cost to the clients.

(Photo credits: HarmonyBlackwell Photography [top], Mia Powers [lower])

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