Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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SURVIVORS is proud to announce our community partnership with the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) for the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival on February 1 – 4, 2018. Now in its eighth year, the festival continues to provide a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that a personal voice can …

A Note from the Daughter of Asylum Seekers

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    Donna Tang is an MSW administrative intern at SURVIVORS. She is graduating from San Diego State University’s School of Social Work in May 2017. She decorated her cap for the ceremony and wrote the following message below about her decoration choices.   “I’ve had this cap design idea for a long time now and am so excited to be wearing this …

The American Psychiatric Association to Present its 2017 Human Rights Award to the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs

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The American Psychiatric Association has selected the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award. SURVIVORS’ executive director, Kathi Anderson, and NCTTP president, Lin Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH, will accept this award for the NCTTP at the APA’s annual meeting in May, to be held this year in San Diego. “The APA Human …

How San Diego’s Torture Survivors are Affected by the Executive Orders

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Dear friends, donors, and advocates,   Over the past week, our clients have expressed feelings of more uncertainty and insecurity. Clients who have not sought emotional support in years are requesting mental health services. Parents tell us that their children are scared and some are even being bullied in school. Families fear they will not be reunited with loved ones …

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 …

UN Expert Calls for Adoption of Minimum Set of Fundamental Human Rights for those in Detention

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On May 18, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez called for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, proposed for adoption as the “Mandela Rules,” in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules would provide detainees with increased protection from torture and …