SURVIVORS is Seeking Interpreters: Spanish, Amharic, & Somali most needed

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Interpreters Needed Torture experiences are often referred to as being “too much for words” or “inexpressible.” The atrocities, and the lingering effects, are beyond the scope of the common vocabulary. “Through interpretation I play my small role in relieving the intense distress of survivors of torture. I cannot grasp the motives for torture, but I can summon my experiences to …

SURVIVORS Seeking Licensed Clinicians

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Survivors of Torture, International is currently looking for licensed mental health professionals to provide psychological evaluations* for asylum seekers. SURVIVORS is a non-profit organization that provides mental health and case management services to torture survivors from over 80 countries who are rebuilding their lives in the United States. *For evaluations, experience in psychological evaluations is desirable, but no experience is required; …

Reflections from a Former Intern

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by Andrew Worth, ISCOR intern 2014 Before I began my first internship with Survivors of Torture, International I did not fully understand just how many survivors of torture resided in the San Diego region. During the time of my internship I was a student of the International Security and Conflict Resolution program at San Diego State University, and like most …

Thanksgiving Healing Club

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Every month SURVIVORS holds a Healing Club for clients to meet one another, engage in a therapeutic activity, and build community. Clients often express their desire to learn about American traditions, including Thanksgiving. SURVIVORS has hosted a Thanksgiving Healing Club for several years, sharing and celebrating the historical account of newcomers being welcomed to this land. For many clients, the …

Kari Medina’s Thoughts on the October Healing Club

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Kari Medina is a social work intern at SURVIVORS. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at San Diego State University. At SURVIVORS Kari assists Cassie Murray, clinical case manager, with case management. Kari attended the October Healing Club with clients, staff, and volunteer drivers. Here are her observations… “Being part of the October Healing Club was such …

Client Non-Perishable Food Wish List

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SURVIVORS’ clients have expressed much appreciation for the non-perishable food items available in our kitchen for the past few months. Some asylum seeking clients are here for long hours for a psychological or medical evaluation, many clients stay in the office between appointments and group therapy, and clients often come just to be in a place where they feel safe. They love having food …

Time to (Re)-Register Your Support for SURVIVORS at Ralphs!

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  SURVIVORS is registered with Ralphs’ Community Contribution Program. If you shop at Ralphs and you register as a supporter of SURVIVORS, Ralphs will contribute to the organization every time you make a purchase. It’s an easy way to help heal torture survivors and it doesn’t cost you a thing! If you’re already registered with Ralphs as a SURVIVORS supporter; …

My Summer with Refugee Youth

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This is a guest blog by SURVIVORS’ contractor Rachel Mahoney.   This summer I had the privilege and pleasure of working as a SURVIVORS contractor on the Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG) program.  RSIG is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) to integrate and support newly arrived refugee families …

Sharing Sweet Customs

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Food brings people together and sweets are a delight to people all over the world. Different cultures have their own versions of how to make and serve desserts. At SURVIVORS, the staff, volunteers, and clients are always excited when someone brings in a new treat to try. This week a client from Somalia brought in some halwa for everyone to try. He …

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Fernandez

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SURVIVORS works extensively with volunteers to maximize funding and services to clients. From 2012 – 2015 we had over 400 short-term and long-term volunteers including 33 dedicated long-term administrative and program support volunteers who, together, contributed approximately 48 hours per month for a total of 1,728 hours during the past three years. Activities ranged from newsletter folding, to hygiene drives, …