Dear SURVIVORS’ Community,
I am writing to inform you that SURVIVORS has quickly mobilized to protect the safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers while ensuring we can continue to serve hundreds of torture survivors and their families. As you are aware, we are the only accredited torture treatment center in San Diego County. Therefore, it is crucial we maintain our services for the vulnerable and marginalized populations we serve. We have made the following key changes for the health and well-being of our SURVIVORS community:
  • Providing support and critical information to our clients in their native languages through the use of professional interpreters regarding COVID-19 including education on social distancing and other CDC recommendations.
  • Offering clinical case management services by telephone including connections to basic needs like food, supplies, and resources.
  • Offering individual teletherapy that includes professional interpretation to meet our clients’ mental health needs.
  • Providing psychiatry and medication management to our clients through telemedicine, in partnership with UCSD Community Psychiatry Program.
  • Coordinating medication delivery to our clients’ homes to help support their psychiatric care.
We are concerned now more than ever about the safety and well-being of those we serve. The majority of our clients are asylum seekers many of whom are currently held in an immigration detention center. Our clients’ asylum cases are still being heard in immigration court which as of today has not been closed. Without our assistance, they would have limited access to the information, resources, and care they need during this public health crisis.  Many of our clients fall into high-risk categories for contracting COVID-19 including those with chronic illnesses, significant mental health needs, unstable housing, and coming from underserved immigrant communities. Our clients are often disconnected from loved ones or community because they had to flee torture. We are dedicated to serving our clients in steadfast and innovative ways to meet their many needs. SURVIVORS continues to be a source of hope and light to our clients especially during this unprecedented time. We need your support to be their support.

Unrestricted funds and donations allow us to respond to our clients’ needs quickly and effectively. Your donation will support us in continuing to provide critical services and wrap-around, trauma-informed care to torture survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes critical forensic documentation for asylum cases, clinical and medical case management, individual therapy, and psychiatry. YOU make our work possible today and every day!

Please make a gift today in one of the following ways to provide care to torture survivors during this time of need: 

1. Online here
2. Mail a check to:
Survivors of Torture, International
PO Box 151240
San Diego, CA 92175

During this time of uncertainty it is important to foster a welcoming and connected community. We are all in this together. We are proud to serve torture survivors. We are inspired to know YOU choose to be a part of our community. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to support SURVIVORS. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and are in good health.

Sincerely,

 

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 immigration status.

SURVIVORS can provide specialized care and support to empower you in your healing journey to become a self-sufficient and healthy member of your family and community. We are able to offer services to torture survivors and their families free of charge. Professional interpretation is available.

To find out if you qualify for services, please call us at 619-278-2400 to talk with an expert staff member.

Pro-Bono volunteer physicians perform medical evaluations for clients' asylum cases. Physicians write medical affidavits for attorneys to present in court, documenting that there is physical evidence of torture. Medical evaluations are always done in person, either at SURVIVORS' office or a secondary location. Interpreters are provided for this service. Applicant's medical licenses must be up to date.

Contractors accept clients for individual, couples or family therapy on a case-by-case basis. You choose your availability and create your own schedule. Therapy sessions may occur in your office setting in the community, Survivors’ office space, in-home, or via telemedicine. SURVIVORS provides compensation for your work. We will also provide professional interpreters to work with you.

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.

SURVIVORS can provide specialized care and support to empower you in your healing journey to become a self-sufficient and healthy member of your family and community. We are able to offer services to torture survivors and their families free of charge. Professional interpretation is available.

To find out if you qualify for services, please call us at 619-278-2400 to talk with an expert staff member.

PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES

SURVIVORS provides tailored individual, group, family, and couples therapy with licensed and licensed eligible mental health professionals throughout San Diego County.

MEDICAL SERVICES

SURVIVORS' provides support for Survivors with medical needs like finding a physician for general health care or connecting with a vision provider to receive glasses. 

PSYCHOTHERAPY

SURVIVORS provides tailored individual, group, family, and couples therapy with licensed and licensed eligible mental health professionals throughout San Diego County.

PSYCHIATRY

SURVIVORS’ psychiatric services include a thorough evaluation of clients and regular follow-ups by a psychiatrist.

PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETATION

SURVIVORS facilitates professional, trauma-informed interpretation so our clients can receive services in their native language or dialect to best support their healing process and care.

HEALING CLUB

SURVIVORS offers Healing Clubs to help counter torture survivor's feelings of shame, humiliation, and isolation. Activities have included art projects and nature walks.

AYSLUM SUPPORT

SURVIVORS coordinates medical affidavits and psychological evaluations to support our client's asylum cases. Medical and psychological evaluations are conducted by trained professional evaluators.

ASYLUM SUPPORT

SURVIVORS coordinates medical affidavits and psychological evaluations to support our client's asylum cases. Medical and psychological evaluations are conducted by trained professional evaluators.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Services to address essential needs such as food, clothing, and housing. We distribute blankets, backpacks and educational supplies, public transit passes, and hygiene items.

MEDICAL SERVICES

SURVIVORS' provides support for Survivors with medical needs like finding a physician for general health care or connecting with a vision provider to receive glasses. 

PSYCHIATRY

SURVIVORS’ psychiatric services include a thorough evaluation of clients and regular follow-ups by a psychiatrist.

HEALING CLUB

SURVIVORS offers Healing Clubs to help counter torture survivor's feelings of shame, humiliation, and isolation. Activities have included art projects and nature walks.

INTERPRETERS

SURVIVORS partners with professional, trauma-informed interpreters so our clients can receive services in their native language or dialect to best support their healing process and care.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Services to address essential needs such as food, clothing, and housing. We distribute blankets, backpacks and educational supplies, public transit passes, and hygiene items.