Plants of Hope: Healing Club

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Requesting a safe and reliable mechanism for vulnerable religious minorities to escape harm’s way.

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We thank Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA 52nd District) for recently sending a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee Chair Rogers; Ranking Member Lowey; and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Chairwoman Granger to support re-authorization of the “Lautenberg Amendment,” which has served as a lifeline for over two decades to Christian, Jewish, and other designated religious minorities escaping …

International Women’s Day Feature: Women’s Group

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Happy International Women’s Day! Today, March 8, is the internationally recognized day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day to acknowledge the historical and contemporary accomplishments of women as well as the progress yet to be made towards gender equality. In honor of International Women’s Day the Beyond Torture blog is featuring one of our …

Valentine’s Day: A Story of Forgiving Torture?

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Today we equate Valentine’s Day with Cupid, romance, chocolate, flowers, and romantic dates. However, according to legend, the history of St. Valentine (a.k.a Valentinus) is actually one of persecution and torture, but also of healing and forgiveness. There are many different counts of the tale of Valentinus, and most are dark and violent. One tale claims that Valentinus was a …

Number of Refugee Torture Survivors in the United States Rising

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Based on an analysis of previous research studies, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), recently concluded that the number of refugee torture survivors in the United States is significantly higher than previously reported. Past estimates of refugee torture survivors in the United States were between 400,000 – 500,000. However, with the increase in number of arriving refugees, CVT estimates that …

Contact Your Senators Now

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  The U.S. Senate plans to vote this Wednesday, January 20th on H.R. 4038, “The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act,” a bill that would impede the most vulnerable refugees in finding a safe haven and a place to restart their new lives. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives in November, so it is critical that …