SURVIVORS Celebrates 20 Years of Service

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On February  27, 1997 Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS) was co-founded by Kathi Anderson, Rev. George Falk, and Rev. William Radatz. SURVIVORS, the first and only accredited torture treatment center in San Diego, is woven into the community. Since 1997, SURVIVORS has cared for more than 2,000 torture survivors from over 80 countries, served more than 600 children through an after school program, and educated more than 24,000 people about torture and its consequences. Without you, none of this would have happened. Thank you for all of your support!


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One of SURVIVORS’ first cakes at a birthday party.


SURVIVORS helps torture survivors in San Diego county recover from their traumas through a holistic program including quality mental health, psychiatry, social services, and medical case management. SURVIVORS empowers torture survivors to reclaim the strength and vitality that were stolen from them by brutal dictators and governments. The specialized care SURVIVORS provides these vulnerable individuals helps them to become self-sufficient and healthy members of their families and of our community.


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Co-founder, Rev. Bill Radatz gives a speech at one of SURVIVORS’ first birthday parties in the late 90s.


Together, we’ve seen torture survivors rebuild their lives. It’s the stories like Yves’s* below that inspires us to continue doing the important work that we do.


*The name of the individual in this story has been changed to maintain their confidentiality.

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With your support, SURVIVORS looks forward to many more years of serving San Diego’s most vulnerable neighbors.