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We encourage people who are serving survivors of torture to submit resources to this website.

Descriptive, inferential, functional outcome data on 9,025 torture survivors in the United States

A paper authored by 23 centers of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs paints a nuanced portrait of 9,025 torture survivors living in the United States many of whom are refugees or asylum seekers. This report documents torture in 125 countries, with findings drawn from the largest collection of data compiled and published about torture survivors across a single country. The report emphasizes the high mental and physical health consequences of torture.

Resettlement of Syrian Refugees - ORR Dear Colleague letter

ORR director Bob Carey responds to the recent much-publicized statements by various governors declaring their intention to reject Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Carey addresses the screening process used to vet refugees, and notes that "States that continue to use ORR

Running for their lives

This excellent feature by the Washington Post shares the stories of Ethiopian torture survivors in the Washington, D.C. area. The survivors in this story are all highly talented runners, and used athletic events in the U.S. as a way to escape oppression in Ethiopia.

Resource Spotlight: Great Graphics for your Communications

We know that great images can make a huge difference in our campaigns' success, but it can be hard to find effective ones. Of course the best solution, if possible, is to take and use your own photographs, but that can be unfeasible for many reasons. Check out Julia Campbell's webinar on How to Create Eye-Catching Graphics for your Nonprofit. Here are a few good places to get free stock photos that you can freely use on your website, in publications, etc. ...

Interpreters

Many torture survivors do not speak English as their first language, and it might be necessary to have an interpreter be part of sessions with that survivor.

Interpreters take the spoken word in one language and change it into the spoken word in a second language. (Note that a translator takes the written word in one language and changes it into the written word in a second language.) The materials on this page pertain to interpreters.

Most health-related sessions are interpreted consecutively, meaning the interpreter speaks after the provider or the survivor finishes.

Interpreter training

Listserv

HealTorture-Talk is a membership listserv that is open to all staff working in programs for torture survivors who are either ORR/TVRA grantees, members of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP), or  ORR/TVRA staff.  It is also open to staff at ORR-funded programs, beyond those funded under the TVRA, who see survivors of torture in their work. It is sponsored by the National Capacity-building Project and funded by ORR/TVRA funds. Subscribers may be clinical or non-clinical staff. There is no limit to the number of eligible program staff who may participate.

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