Minnesota | Center for Victims of Torture


At our international headquarters in Minnesota, we provide torture survivors with a healing sanctuary and help them rebuild their lives. We also work with refugee communities, training leaders to promote healing within their communities.

CVT provides services to persons regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or other social or cultural conditions or affiliations.

Minnesota Healing Services

There are more than 30,000 torture survivors living in Minnesota. They are men, women and children who have endured devastating events and are now rebuilding their lives in a new community.

At our St. Paul Healing Center, each survivor works with a team of professionals who use an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. The team works to ensure that survivors are safe and stable before they begin their healing journey. Read more about Minnesota healing services.

Healing Hearts, Creating Hope

Healing Hearts, Creating Hope: Exploring the Efficacy of Integrated Mental Health Services for New Refugees was CVT's three-year collaborative project with HealthEast Roselawn and Bethesda Clinic to provide culturally competent, on-site mental health services to Karen refugees. The project, currently transitioning from a research study to an ongoing program, is designed to meet the unmet mental health needs of Karen refugees who otherwise would not have access to mental health care by bringing these services right to their existing primary care clinic. Read more about Healing Hearts, Creating Hope.

St. Paul Healing Center Tours

Take a one-hour informational tour of our St. Paul Healing Center to learn how CVT rebuilds the lives of torture survivors in Minnesota and around the world. You’ll speak with members of our healing team and begin to understand how torture affects us all. View dates for upcoming tours here.



We heal victims of torture through unique services and professional care worldwide.

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We strengthen partners who heal torture survivors and work to prevent torture.

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We advocate for the protection & care of torture survivors and an end to torture.

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