Sharing Sweet Customs

SOTIAdmin Healing

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

SOTIAdmin Volunteering

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, …

Statement by President Obama on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

SOTIAdmin Uncategorized

Originally from: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/26/statement-president-international-day-support-victims-torture   On June 26, 2016 – the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – President Obama issued this statement to the nation. “Today marks the 29th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention Against Torture. This is a day to affirm the United States’ abiding commitment to achieve a world …

Volunteer Spotlight: Taylor Zerby

SOTIAdmin Volunteering

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, …

Plants of Hope: Healing Club

SOTIAdmin Healing

SURVIVORS’ recently held a gardening Healing Club – clients, staff, and interpreters traveled to Heritage Park in Old Town to pot a plant as a way of healing together in community. Gardening is a peaceful and mindful practice. Many torture survivors find they forget about their traumatic experiences when they are outdoors, smelling fresh soil, and cradling a seedling in …

Torture Awareness Month

SOTIAdmin Advocacy

June is Torture Awareness Month and June 26 is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. In June, we recognize that torture is one of the most profound human rights abuses, and it affects millions of individuals and their families around the world. This trauma reaches far beyond the direct victims and in some instances, where torture …

SURVIVORS Commits to Transparency

SOTIAdmin Transparency

Great news! Survivors of Torture, International is one of the first organizations to receive the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. GuideStar recently launched the Platinum participation level to help nonprofits celebrate their results for free! By sharing these metrics, we help the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress. …

The Ticking Bomb Scenario

SOTIAdmin Advocacy

Guest article by:Taylor Zerby, ISCOR Community Relations Intern Many deceiving and unfounded misconceptions regarding torture pervade our everyday lives. In fact, one need not look much farther than their favorite television series to see the pervasive nature of torture in our culture. Television series such as 24 and State of Affairs, often dramatize the ticking bomb hypothetical scenario in which …