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 …

Volunteer Spotlight: Jourdan Chapman

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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, to befrienders, …

Call for Therapists and Clinicians

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Survivors of Torture, International is currently looking for licensed mental health professionals to provide mental health services for clients and psychological evaluations for asylum seekers. SURVIVORS is a non-profit organization that provides mental health and case management services to individuals from over 80 countries who are seeking asylum and refuge in the United States. Who is Eligible to Apply: Licensed Psychologists …

Closed for Memorial Day 2015

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SURVIVORS is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen tomorrow, May 26 at 8 am. If you have a mental health emergency during this time, please report to the nearest hospital emergency room or call the Crisis Line at 1-888-724-7240. Here is a short explanation of Memorial Day, for our clients and friends who are new to …