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.

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

CVT St. Cloud

CVT St. Cloud extends culturally competent rehabilitative care to refugees and asylum seekers, incorporating culturally competent specialized care that is most effective for survivors of war atrocities who have fled their countries to the U.S. in search of safety and a new beginning. CVT St. Cloud uses a holistic model of care that incorporates psychotherapy, community education and professional interpretation to address the unique needs of clients in a safe therapeutic space. Click here for details.

St. Paul Healing Center

There are more than 50,000 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

Healing Hearts, Creating Hope: Exploring the Efficacy of Integrated Mental Health Services for New Refugees was CVT's five-year collaborative project with M Health Fairview Clinic-Roselawn and M Health Fairview Clinic-Bethesda to provide culturally competent, on-site mental health services to Karen refugees. The project completed the research portion of the program in 2017. It has continued as an ongoing mental health services program where CVT clinicians provide targeted case management and psychotherapy in coordination with primary care staff to support refugee patients at these two clinics. In 2019, Healing Hearts published its comprehensive clinical toolkit titled, “Improving Well Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers.” Download the manual here.

Click here for more details about the Healing Hearts program.



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