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Organizations

Please Note: The information on this page was compiled soon after the film was completed. It has been updated to some extent, but may not be totally current.

Organizations

  • The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs. Founded in 1998, NCTTP advances the knowledge, technical capacities and resources of its member groups, who are devoted to the care of torture survivors, and act collectively to prevent torture worldwide. Members are indicated below by [NC]

Organizations Featured in the Documentary

  • Asylum Network, Physicians for Human Rights Cambridge, Massachusetts. PHR's Asylum Network assists asylum seekers by mobilizing physicians and mental health professionals to conduct evaluations of asylum seekers, in order to document the forensic evidence of torture and abuse.
  • Atlanta Asylum Network, Institute of Human RightsEmory University, Atlanta, Georgia. A student-founded organization of health professionals and student case managers who volunteer their time to assist survivors of torture and persecution seeking political asylum in the United States.
  • Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors Decatur, Georgia, is a community-based program providing services and support to Georgia's survivors of torture as they settle into mainstream community life.
  • Center for Victims of Torture Minneapolis, Minnesota. CVT works to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities, and offers training to health care providers, educators and others about the devastating effects of torture and war trauma. The Center also advocates for the investigation and abolition of torture worldwide. CVT's New Tactics in Human Rightsproject promotes tactical innovation and strategic thinking within the international human rights community and encourages the use and sharing of tactics through its interactive website. [NC]
  • Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma Cambridge, Massachusetts. HPRT is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict and natural disasters for over two decades. [NC]
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    Participants in TASSC's annual Vigil on June 26, UN International Day for Victims of Torture. Photo by Jesse Achtenberg.

    Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International Washington, DC. TASSC is a network of torture survivors who advocate and lobby to end torture and demand government accountability in the United States and abroad. [NC-Associate Member]

U.S. Treatment Centers

  • ACCESS Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center Dearborn, Michigan. ACCESS addresses the mental and physical health, as well as the adjustment needs, of torture survivors and their families. The center receives referrals from individuals, clinics and social centers. [NC]
  • Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC. ASTT provides comprehensive mental health care and social services to survivors, as well as advocacy on their behalf. [NC]
  • Asian Association of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah. The Association promotes equality for Utah's Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in areas of immigration and education while maintaining cultural identity. [NC-Provisional Member]
  • Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture New York City, New York. This program provides comprehensive medical and mental health care, as well as social and legal services to survivors of torture and war trauma as well as their family members. [NC]
  • Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights Boston, Massachusetts. Located at Boston Medical Center, the Center provides asylum evaluations and comprehensive health services for survivors of torture. Interpreters are available and speak over 30 languages. [NC]
  • Center for the Prevention and Resolution of Violence Tucson, Arizona. Members of the Hopi Indian tribe created this center to provide social, legal and educational services to refugees who are victims of torture. [NC]
  • Center for Survivors of Torture San Jose, California. Funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, CST serves torture survivors from all over the world who currently reside in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. [NC]
  • Center for Survivors of Torture Dallas and Austin, Texas. CST offers comprehensive mental health services to survivors of torture. See CST's new needs assessment regarding services for survivors: The Cost of Survival. [NC]
  • Center for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, Dekalb County Board of Health, Decatur, Georgia. Serving as the first comprehensive program in Georgia that addresses torture rehabilitation, CTTS offers multidisciplinary treatments to heal the mind, body, and spirit. [NC-Provisional Member]
  • Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma St. Louis, Missouri. The Center utilizes direct mental health services, supportive outreach programs, and training for educational, medical, and mental health professionals to maximize the functioning of torture survivors and enable them to successfully adapt to life in a safe environment. [NC]
  • Center for Victims of Torture Minneapolis, Minnesota. CVT is the first treatment center in the United States dedicated solely to healing the physical and psychological wounds of torture survivors and their families. The Center also advocates for the investigation and abolition of torture worldwide.[NC]
  • Coordinated Care Program for Political Violence Survivors Cambridge, Massachusetts. A project of the Political Trauma Services Network at the multi-hospital Cambridge Health Alliance, this program coordinates physical and psychological care, legal services, and social services advocacy for torture survivors.
  • Cross Cultural Counseling Center, International Institute of New Jersey Jersey City, New Jersey. CCCC staff are bilingual, bicultural clinicians-psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, art therapists, and counselors who offer individual, family, and group counseling to those experiencing the effects of severe trauma and torture. [NC]
  • F.I.R.S.T. Project for Immigrants & Refugees Surviving Torture Lincoln, Nebraska. FIRST offers comprehensive mental health services to survivors of torture and trauma.
  • Florida Center for Survivors of Torture Florida. The Florida Center offers medical and psychological services to survivors of torture as well as training for health care providers on how to respond to the needs of torture survivors. [NC]
  • Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma Cambridge, Massachusetts. HPRT is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict and natural disasters for over two decades.[NC]
  • Institute for the Study of Psychosocial Trauma Palo Alto, California. IST provides direct mental health services, asylum (psychological) evaluations for undocumented persons and consultation with psychotherapists, case managers, caseworkers and interpreters. [NC]
  • Khmer Health Advocates West Hartford, Connecticut. Founded by a torture survivor and refugee, KHA is the only Cambodian American health organization in the U.S. They have treated more than 1500 survivors and their families since 1984. [NC]
  • Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Center provides case management services to torture survivors residing in Pennsylvania and Delaware and promotes greater public understanding of pertinent human rights and protection issues. [NC]
  • Lowell Community Health Center Lowell, Massachusetts. The Center's staff is multi-lingual and multi-cultural, with the ability to speak 16 languages. They aim to promote community health including a focus on communities with histories of torture. [NC-Provisional]
  • Marjorie Kovler Center / Heartland Alliance, Chicago, Illinois, is devoted to the recovery and healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by torture. Its treatment approach is based on empowerment, community building, and multidisciplinary services to enhance the natural resiliency of survivors and assist in rebuilding their lives. [NC]
  • Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma, Northern Virginia Family Service, Falls Church, Virginia. Offers a range of services, including mental health services, language classes, youth leadership classes, and domestic violence prevention programs to immigrant and refugee populations. CMHS also conducts training for health professionals on how to effectively address the needs of refugee torture survivors. [NC]
  • Program for Torture Victims Los Angeles, California. PTV provides medical, psychological and case management services to survivors of torture. There is a clinic on-site, and staff members write psychological and forensic affidavits and serve as expert witnesses in asylum cases. [NC]
  • REFUGE New York, New York. A non-profit program of the International Trauma Studies Program at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. It promotes the resilience, mental health and social integration of individuals and families in communities that have endured massive psychosocial trauma—war, torture, state terrorism, genocide, and exile. [NC]

  • Survivors International San Francisco, California. SI offers asylum evaluation, medical and psychological services for torture survivors, and training for clinicians. [NC]
  • Survivors of Torture, International San Diego, California. Provides asylum evaluations as well as medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological, legal and social services for survivors of torture. [NC]
  • Torture Treatment Center of Oregon Portland, Oregon. The mission of the program is to help refugees and asylees from countries ravaged by civil war recover from the effects of war trauma and torture. [NC]
  • Utah Health and Human Rights Project Salt Lake City, Utah. UHHP is a direct service and advocacy agency that promotes the health, dignity, and self-sufficiency of refugees, asylees, and immigrants who have endured severe human rights abuses. [NC]
  • War Trauma Recovery Project St. Louis, Missouri. The Project has adapted and field tested empirically supported treatments to address Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and related problems affecting those who have suffered severe trauma in wartime or as the result of crimes such as domestic violence or torture. [NC]

Organizations Working on Asylum Issues

  • Asylum Network, Physicians for Human Rights Cambridge, Massachusetts. PHR's Asylum Network assists asylum seekers by mobilizing physicians and mental health professionals to conduct evaluations of asylum seekers, in order to document the forensic evidence of torture and abuse.
  • Atlanta Asylum Network, Institute of Human RightsEmory University, Atlanta, Georgia. A student-founded organization of health professionals and student case managers who volunteer their time to assist survivors of torture and persecution seeking political asylum in the United States.
  • Center for Gender and Refugee Studies seeks to protect the human rights of refugee women and girls by advancing gender-sensitive asylum laws, helping advocates represent women in need of protection, and preventing these refugees from being forcibly returned to the countries from which they have fled.
  • Doctors of the World - USA New York, New York. A network of doctors who conduct evaluations for those seeking asylum. They also do extensive human rights and health-related work abroad. [NC]
  • USCRI Refugee & Immigrant Children Program The center helps unaccompanied immigrant children by providing them with the legal and social services necessary to navigate U.S. Immigration Courts. It is a program of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
  • The Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation Project PAIR works to secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly detained. It is the core provider of pro bono legal services to low-income asylum-seekers and immigration detainees in Massachusetts, and has over a 95% successful outcome in its cases.

  • Women's Refugee Commission works to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee an internally displaced women, children, and youth. It is affiliated with the International Rescue Committee.

Support and Advocacy

  • Boat People SOSHouston, Texas. With 17 branch offices across the U.S. BPSOS serves refuges and immigrants primarily, but not exclusively, from Vietnam. BPSOS has conducted joint recue-at-sea missions and has rescued 3,000 Vietnamese boat people in the China Sea.
  • Catholic Charities USA Catholic Charities agencies serve people of all faiths. Many of its agencies can help with refugee resettlement and related services. Use the link here to locate the Catholic Charities agencies in your area.
  • Detention Watch Network is a coalition that works to reform the U.S. detention and deportation system so that all who come to our shores receive fair and humane treatment. The website includes an interactive map showing the locations of centers where over 32,000 immigrants are imprisoned on any given day -- as well as related community organizations, immigration courts and ICE offices.
  • The Guantánamo Testimonials Project was launched by the UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas to assess the effects of the U.S. war on terror on human rights. Its goals are to gather testimonies of prisoner abuse in Guantánamo, to make them widely available online, and to preserve them in perpetuity.
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society HIAS offers rehabilitative and resettlement services to refugees and torture survivors.
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service LIRS resettles refugees, protects unaccompanied children, advocates for just treatment of asylum seekers, seeks alternatives to immigration detention, and stands for unity for families fractured by unfair laws. To find LIRS affiliates who are also immigration service providers, use the link here. [NC-Associate Member]
  • May I Speak Freely Media Twenty-five years after the Honduran military, with U.S. support, committed brutal human rights abuses against its citizens, MISF works to raise awareness, help victims achieve justice, and prevent the repetition of past crimes. Its website is a resource for students, journalists, scholars, activists and the public.
  • Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota Advocates documents human rights abuses, advocates on behalf of individual victims, educates communities on human rights issues, and provides training and technical assistance to prevent human rights violations.

  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights NNIRR is a network of coalitions and grass-roots organizations in the US that advocate for the rights of refugees and immigrants.
  • Owl and Panther Writing Project seeks to treat trauma associated with torture, dislocation, refugee status, or family problems through involving children and young people in creative writing, counseling, and community service.
  • St. Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center Garden Grove, California. St. Anselm's aids new residents in Orange County. It refers torture survivors to legal, medical, and psychological agencies for evaluation and/or treatment.

  • Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International Washington, DC. TASSC is a network formed by and for torture survivors from more than sixty countries and ethnic groups. TASSC advocates and lobbies to end torture and demand government accountability in the United States and abroad. [NC-Associate Member]
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Works to address the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.
  • Women's Refugee Commission The Women's Commission works to protect the rights of refugee women and children by conducting research, field visits, and consultation, and by developing policy.

Legal Support and Litigation

  • Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center) is a not-for-profit legal assistance organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities at the local, state and national levels.
  • Center for Justice and Accountability An international human rights organization, CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.[NC-Associate Member]
  • Detained Torture Survivor Legal Support Network A program of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). LIRS identifies torture survivors lost in the U.S. detention center system, advocates for their rights, and offers legal representation.
  • Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Florence, Arizona. The Florence Project provides free legal care to refugees held in detention centers in Florence and Eloy, Arizona.
  • Greater Boston Legal Services, Immigration Unit works with asylum seekers and other immigrants and refugees, including those who have experienced torture and other forms of trauma.
  • International Justice Network IJN provides direct legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses and is creating a global network of legal professionals, NGOs and human rights advocates to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law. It filed the first cases on behalf of people hopelessly imprisoned in Bagram Air Force Base.
  • National Immigration Law Center NILC focuses its activities on the legal protection of immigrants and refugees in the United States.
  • Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center PIRC is a legal services organization that offers extensive legal assistance to refugee torture survivors held in detention centers, primarily in York County Prison.

Human Rights Organizations

  • Amnesty International USA AI's United States branch, undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
  • Global Lawyers and Physicians Boston, Massachusetts. A non-profit non-governmental organization that focuses on health and human rights issues.
  • Human Rights Action Network, American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Provides advocacy for scientists wrongfully accused and arbitrarily incarcerated by national governments.
  • Human Rights First New York, New York, and Washington DC. HRF works to protect the rights of refugees and assist those seeking asylum.
  • Human Rights Watch An international human rights monitoring organization working to demand government accountability, challenge governmental policy, and investigate human rights violations.
  • Physicians for Human Rights An organization of physicians and health professionals. PHR conducts research and campaigns to end torture, prevent torture, and demand government accountability.
  • Scholars at Risk Network SAR is an international network of colleges and universities dedicated to protecting the rights and freedoms of academics throughout the world.

International Organizations

  • Amnesty International AI undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
  • Association for the Prevention of Torture Works with governments to strengthen capacity to prevent torture, develop systems to monitor detention centers, and develop legal instruments to prevent torture.
  • Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture Toronto, Ontario. CCVT offers social, legal, and medical rehabilitative services for survivors of torture. Operating since 1983, it was the second center in the world to offer such services.
  • Canadian Council for Refugees Montreal, Quebec. Aids refugees in the process of resettlement to Canada.
  • CINAT: Coalition of International NGOs against Torture Bringing together six prominent torture survivor advocacy organizations, including Amnesty International, CINAT serves as a tool for lobbying against torture, providing legal and social services to survivors, and demanding government accountability.
  • Derechos Human Rights Derechos is an internet-based international human rights organization, with a focus on Latin America.
  • Global Health Council A membership alliance of organizations dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. Refugee health is one of many topics covered in their resources section.
  • Huridocs Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International A global capacity-building network of organizations that use documentation techniques, monitoring methods, information management systems and available technologies in the defence of human rights and the prevention of abuses.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC works to protect and assist victims of war and armed violence around the world.
  • International Federation of Action by Christians Against Torture An international Christian-based organization, FICAT works to educate Churches about the urgent need to end torture.
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Activities include disaster response management, psychosocial services for torture survivors, and community health care services.
  • International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights An international human rights organization working to monitor human rights violations throughout Europe.
  • International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims Denmark. In partnership with the United Nations and the European Union, IRCT oversees a network of medical and social rehabilitation centers for torture survivors worldwide. Their website also offers information about definitions of torture.
  • International Rescue Committee IRC is an international network of treatment centers and rehabilitative programs for survivors of torture.
  • Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture Great Britain. The Medical Foundation offers medical, psychological, legal and social services to survivors of torture in the UK. It also seeks to raise public awareness about torture and its consequences throughout the world.
  • Redress London, England. Redress is an international human rights organization that assists torture survivors in gaining reparation and justice.
  • World Organization Against Torture Geneva, Switzerland.An international coalition of non-governmental organizations fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. It has 282 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and tens of thousands of correspondents in every country.