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
The Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law is a resource hub on traumatic memory and its effect on asylum claims. Among other valuable resources, it shares scholarly papers by CSEL authors, which might otherwise require a paid journal subscription.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
Holistic Sustainability - 2015 NCB Institute
NCB's annual training institute for 2015 was on the topic of "Holistic Sustainability", and was held July 28 - 30 in St. Paul, MN.
The term Holistic Sustainability was first used in the context of environmentalism and sustainable living.
“Survivors of torture around the world will not be silenced. With the help of CJA we are rising up to hold our abusers accountable under the law. CJA’s victories are bringing us closer to a world in which state-sponsored torture is unacceptable.”
If you're new to the field, we recommend giving Healing the Hurt a read. This short book is a great introduction to torture treatment, covering the multidisciplinary fields included as well as critical overarching themes.
Organizations and individuals working in torture treatment need to attend to self-care. What can organizations do to support their employees? What can individuals do to protect themselves from secondary trauma? Find out in our self-care section.
To stay up to date on the latest literature in the torture treatment field, review the most recent PATH bibliography. It includes peer reviewed journal article citations in these areas; select original summaries of those articles; and links to the publicly available abstracts and full text versions of these articles.