Client Services

Are You a Torture Survivor?

You are not alone. We're here to help.

We’re a healing resource to survivors of torture and their families without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or economic or legal status. All services are provided free of charge. Interpretation is available. There is no time limit on when the torture occurred in one’s lifetime.

Services Include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Social Service Case Management
  • Medical Case Management
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Medical Affidavits
  • Interpretation



If you have an emergency and are unable to contact SURVIVORS, please call the San Diego Access & Crisis Line at 1-888-724-7240 for immediate help. Confidential and free of charge, the line is immediately answered 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and can assist in 150 languages within seconds.

Refer a Torture Survivor

Whether you're a friend or an official representative, you can help refer a torture survivor to us to ensure they get assistance.

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Client Story

This is the story of one of our clients. You can also watch our YouTube videos and read an article from the San Diego Union-Tribune to learn more about the people we serve.

Mana – Middle East

Mana was a landscape architect in the Middle East. In 1997, many municipal employees in Mana’s home town were arrested for political reasons. She was one of them. For 18 months, she was imprisoned and tortured. “I was in solitary all the time. I was like a blind person. I lost that time. I didn’t have any news from my family. As a single mother, I didn’t know the situation of my two kids.” Through the torture and the bad conditions of her imprisonment, Mana got into a really critical health situation. For this reason she was sent to the hospital from which she escaped to Turkey, then to the Netherlands where she stayed in a refugee camp. After four years, she was accepted by the United States as a refugee. In 2002 she arrived in San Diego.

Through SURVIVIORS Mana received medical and psychiatric care, as well as found a place to live. Mana says that SURVIVORS and other humanitarian organizations “are the only way that we can survive and adjust in this country. I think that SURVIVORS is my family, my second home. If they didn’t accept me and help me, I could have committed suicide or gone crazy. And it is not only me. There are many, many victims of torture who can get treatment, get lawyers.”

Mana is now a teacher in a school here in San Diego. She is thankful to be here and feels fortunate to have escaped, though many of her peers did not. “Most of them are in prison or executed. Or have a very bad situation. Many, many educated women, innocent people, are tortured-for nothing. I am the luckiest one that I am here.”