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Treatment Center Marks Fourteenth Year

2011 February 20

Treatment Center Marks Fourteenth Year:
1250 Clients Served, from 70 Countries

On the 27th of this month, San Diego, California’s Survivors of Torture International will celebrate its fourteenth anniversary. In a recent release, Executive Director Kathi Anderson called attention to important milestones in the care of torture survivors during that period, including passage of the Torture Victims Relief Act, and formation of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs and the California Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers.

The organization also issued a reminder that TVRA funding for domestic torture treatment programs “is but a drop in the sea of discretionary federal spending that Congress is now talking about cutting back dramatically. To preserve the small, but vital support that torture treatment receives, it is critical that members of Congress hear that you care about torture treatment and the positive impact it has on some of our nation’s most vulnerable newcomers.”

Readers are urged to call their own Reps and Senators and, in particular, the key committee members listed below, asking them to avoid cuts to domestic torture treatment funding under the Torture Victims Relief Act, which is administered by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services. (Above images from Survivors of Torture International.)

  • Senator Diane Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
  • Representative Barbara Lee: (202) 225-2661
  • Representative Lucile Roybal-Allard: (202) 225-1766
  • Representative Jerry Lewis: (202) 225-5861

NOTE: Survivors of Torture International is also currently advertising several job openings. Check their website.

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