Tortured & Detained: Survivor Stories of U.S. Immigration Detention

Report by CVT in partnership with the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition (TASSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), published Nov 2013. 

As policymakers consider returning to comprehensive immigration reform, a new report released today by the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) and the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) estimates the U.S. government, from October 2010 to February 2013, detained approximately 6,000 survivors of torture as they were seeking asylum protection.  

According to Tortured & Detained: Survivor Stories of U.S. Immigration Detention, for survivors whose torture may have occurred while in a confinement setting, the immigration detention experience is often retraumatizing and may lead survivors to relive their torture and suffer further psychological damage. Moreover, the indefinite nature of immigration detention may trigger a profound sense of powerlessness and loss of control, contributing to additional severe, chronic emotional distress.

More information available here, including the full report. Direct link (below) is to full report.


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