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Rheumatological Disorders and Somatization in U.S. Mien and Lao Refugees with Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Moore, L., Sager, D., Keopraseuth, K., Chao, L., Riley, C., and Robinson, E. (2001). Rheumatological Disorders and Somatization in U.S. Mien and Lao Refugees with Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Transcultural Psychiatry, 38(4), 481.
 
Summary by CVT Intern David Heuer
As the title suggests, this study involved the relationship between depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Mien and Lao refugees living in America.

Torture Rehabilitation Bibliography - CVT PATH Q2 2014

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter. The PATH bibliography is a resource for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the areas of social work that relate directly to the psychological wellbeing of these populations.

Like a Refugee Camp on First Avenue

Published by the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in 2007, this book addresses contextual issues as well as treatment and service provision issues. Notable chapters include Multicultural Issues in the Treatment of Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma: Toward an Interactive Model, Medical Evaluation and Care for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma, Social Service Provision, Supportive Group Treatment with Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma, and Secondary Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout: Risk Factors, Resilience, and Coping in Caregivers.

Edited by Hawthorne E.

Urologic complications of sexual trauma among male survivors of torture

Male survivors of torture at a Boston clinic presented with chronic genital and erectile pain, lower urinary tract symptoms, and sexual dysfunction. The diagnostic workup included history, physical examination, and ultrasonography. Treatment included steroid injections for chronic pain and oral erectogenic agents for sexual dysfunction.

Chronic pain in torture victims

Torture is widely practiced throughout the world. Recent studies indicate that 50% of all countries, including 79% of the G-20 countries, continue to practice systematic torture despite a universal ban. It is well known that torture has numerous physical, psychological, and pain-related sequelae that can inflict a devastating and enduring burden on its victims. Health care professionals, particularly those who specialize in the treatment of chronic pain, have an obligation to better understand the physical and psychological effects of torture.

High prevalence rates of diabetes and hypertension among refugee psychiatric patients

Kinzie JD, Riley C, McFarland B, Hayes M, Boehnlein J, Leung P, Adams G. Published in the Journal of Nervous & Mental Disorders, Feb 2008.

There is increasing evidence that immigrants and traumatized individuals have elevated prevalence of medical disease. This study focuses on 459 Vietnamese, Cambodian, Somali, and Bosnian refugee psychiatric patients to determine the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes.

Testimony Example

Unauthenticated transcript of testimony by medical examiner Dr. Sondra Crosby in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 bombing of the destroyer Cole. Dr. Crosby's direct examination begins on page 7; pertinent questions on page 10. An excellent example of the kinds of questions and kind of experience that an expert witness in torture treatment may encounter.

Toolkit to Set up an Asylum Clinic

This toolkit, from Physicians for Human Rights, guides interested parties in setting up an asylum clinic at a medical school. As the PHR website says, clinicians "offer pro bono physical and psychological evaluations to document evidence of torture and persecution for men and women fleeing danger in their home countries. Survivors of human rights abuses are entitled to seek safe haven in the United States, but often find themselves immersed in lengthy and complex legal procedures that could ultimately result in deportation— resulting in further abuse, torture, and even death... These clinics

Columbia University P&S Asylum Clinic

Founded in 2010, The Clinic is composed of psychiatric, medical, and gynecological physicians, clinical social workers, and psychologists who have received training in identifying the physical and mental sequelae of abuse and torture. After an evaluation, the physician will compose an affidavit outlining any symptoms and signs that are relevant to the client's narrative. By providing independent medical examinations, the Clinic provides valuable evidence as part of an asylum applicant’s legal case.

PTSD Treatment For Monks

In this radio interview by Fresh Air, "Dr. Michael Grodin discusses his experiences treating Tibetan monks who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Many of the monks were imprisoned or tortured because of their resistance to the Chinese presence in Tibet, and now some of them experience "flashbacks" while meditating.

"Grodin hypothesizes that meditation may reduce the brain's ability to inhibit unpleasant thoughts and memories. His treatment combines elements of Western and Tibetan medicine and therapy. Grodin wrote about his findings in the March issue of Mental Health, Religion, and

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

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