Healing and Human Rights: A Blog by the Center for Victims of Torture

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Independence Day celebrations involving fireworks can trigger memories of bombings and gunfire from conflicts at home for some refugees. Kathleen O'Donnell, social worker and Leora Hudak, psychotherapist write to remind people to be mindful of refugee families in their neighborhoods.

For a Torture Healing Awareness Month roundtable discussion, three CVT healers address their respective roles in helping survivors of torture along their healing journey, insights they have learned from clients and the nuanced work of torture healing.

In honor of June 26, the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Curt Goering, CVT executive director, shares a message of survival, healing and hope. 

Venetia Kudrle, longtime CVT board member, writes about the hope created by connecting healers and survivors of torture.

Huy Pham, project manager for National Capacity Building at CVT, writes about his life coming "full circle": from refugee to helping refugees.

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, examines the critical importance of human rights promotion to the United States' national security. 

Rosa E. Garcia-Peltoniemi, Ph.D, LP, senior consulting clinician CVT, shares the benefits of using eye pillows to promote good sleep hygiene and the importance of sleep while healing. 

"In worrisome times like these, it is our clients—survivors of torture, warfare and tremendous atrocities—who teach us about deep human resilience and hope," writes Curt Goering, remarking on Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. 

Recent CVT training and networking sessions in St. Cloud for Somali refugees focused on parenting, stress management and available resources as they work to integrate into their new community.

Casie Iwata, a social worker and case manager at our St. Paul Healing Center, writes about empowering clients as they struggle with the immense questions about safety, their rights and how to feel secure in an uncertain environment.

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