Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health of Torture Survivors During COVID-19

SOTIAdmin Therapy, Healing

Mental health awareness month of 2020 has come at such a critical time, with the urgent demand for more attention to the astounding increase of mental health needs stemming from the pandemic. COVID-19 has significantly impacted our individual lives and our communities. Many of us have grappled with loss, grief, apprehension, and a sense of lack of control over our …

Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCDs) Made Easy!

SOTIAdmin Donation needed, Healing, International, notorture.org, SURVIVORS

SURVIVORS has served over 3000 torture survivors in 22 years because of the generosity and charitable spirit of our donors, volunteers, and supporters. Recently, economists have been speculating that the new tax laws might adversely impact charitable giving. But charitable giving has never been simpler due to Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) and their ability to help meet philanthropic goals. What …

COVID-19 & How You Can Help – A Message from Executive Director Kathi Anderson

SOTIAdmin Uncategorized

Dear SURVIVORS’ Community, I am writing to inform you that SURVIVORS has quickly mobilized to protect the safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers while ensuring we can continue to serve hundreds of torture survivors and their families. As you are aware, we are the only accredited torture treatment center in San Diego County. Therefore, it is crucial we maintain …

A Brief Guide to Asylum

SOTIAdmin Uncategorized

SURVIVORS is located near the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, therefore, asylum seekers and refugees are a significant part of our community. Many asylum seekers that flee their home country have suffered severe physical, psychological, and sexual torture. There are approximately 35,000 torture survivors in San Diego County alone, many of whom turn to SURVIVORS for the support …

Art Therapy and Healing

SOTIAdmin Healing, Internship, Therapy

Art Therapy and Healing by Karen Toloza, MSW Intern  Every day at SURVIVORS is a new opportunity to learn about and from our clients. During our monthly healing club, we help our clients learn new things about themselves and others. The Healing Club that was held last month was filled with a harmonious, positive energy that revolved around the creative …

Nevertheless She Persisted…

SOTIAdmin Uncategorized

In honor of International Women’s Month, we would like to take you on a journey with one of our clients before she reached our safe border. Our client’s name has been changed to maintain her confidentiality and in order to celebrate these strong and resilient women, we ask you to dwell less on their past, and focus more on their …

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2019: A Modern Way to Learn about Timeless Topics

SOTIAdmin Uncategorized

SURVIVORS is proud to be an official partner of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. This year’s films –Anote’s Ark, Charm City, Roll Red Roll, TransMilitary, and the Unafraid – discuss issues such as restrictive immigration policies, climate change, urban violence, rape culture, and prejudice in the workplace. The upcoming film festival will be a great opportunity for our donors, …

Five Ways Interning at SURVIVORS Changed Me

SOTIAdmin Advocacy, Internship, Volunteering

These past months with SURVIVORS has been an invaluable experience enriched by new lessons learnt, new skills and a better understanding of who I am and who I want to become. As the Community Relations intern, I assisted with the advocacy and outreach programs of the organization.  I also acted as the volunteer coordinator for the Annual Helping Survivors Heal …

Seeking a Contracted Licensed/Qualified License-eligible Therapist for After-School Groups

SOTIAdmin Hiring, Therapy

Are you seeking to contribute to the community and support newcomer refugee youth? This could be the opportunity for you! SURVIVORS is seeking contract licensed or qualified license-eligible therapists to lead weekly after-school enrichment groups. The after-school program helps refugee students increase their positive adaptive skills, develop knowledge of gender equality and learn the role of culture in areas such …

The Value of Volunteering

SOTIAdmin Uncategorized, Volunteering

By Katherina Todisco, Community Relations Intern Survivors of Torture, International offers diverse volunteer opportunities to help our community of survivors. We are always seeking new volunteers willing to be part of our family at SURVIVORS. The work of our volunteers is extremely valuable for our organization and it would not be possible to do the work that we do without …