In 2016, CVT and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) formed a partnership that allows CVT to extend rehabilitative care to survivors of torture among the refugee populations currently working with the IRC in its Atlanta location.

The IRC is an international humanitarian and refugee resettlement services provider, and this partnership allows CVT to connect with refugees early in the resettlement process, reaching those who have endured torture prior to their arrival. Early access to CVT’s coordinated care to address torture survivors’ social, physical and psychological needs helps alleviate the unnecessary suffering that is caused when torture survivors go untreated. Ultimately, earlier interventions will prevent the immense costs that come with unmet needs for mental health care.

The IRC has long been a leader in refugee services in Georgia, addressing needs ranging from education, job skills, language classes, residency and citizenship legal services to housing and related care. Combining these services with CVT’s interdisciplinary care allows newly resettled refugees the opportunity to receive a full spectrum of services.

The partnership, known as Thrive, utilizes a holistic model of care that incorporates psychotherapy, mental health case management and interpretation to address the unique needs of each client in a safe therapeutic space. The goal is to look at the whole person and family in order to ensure healing of the mind, body and spirit so that newly resettled refugees will have a greater ability to effectively function in their new community.

For more information, please call 470-343-9505 or contact Dr. Adaobi Iheduru at AIheduru [at]

This project is made possible through funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and services are provided at no cost to the clients.


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