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

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Posted in DC Events
The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing today on "Syria After Geneva: Next Steps for U.S. Policy." CVT submitted written testimony to the committee with recommendations for Congress to pass the Syrian humanitarian resolution of 2014, to increase U.S. contributions to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, and to provide funding for mental health and psychosocial support through the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Posted in Refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today released a report on the number of asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Posted in DC Events
In this commentary, Executive Director Curt Goering describes some of the important reasons why CVT supports the public release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,300 page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s former detention and interrogation program.
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Friday, March 14, 2014
With the Syrian refugee crisis expected to reach 4 million by the end of this year, the Center for Victims of Torture joined other groups urging the Senate to pass a resolution to increase support, including mental health counseling, to Syrian civilians and victims of the conflict, particularly children.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Posted in Human Rights
On March 8, the international community marks International Women’s Day. This special occasion recognizes the incredible advancements and achievements of women worldwide. As part of CVT’s observance of International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce you to women who are leaders in human rights. Here’s an interview with Darine El Hage, a human rights lawyer and activist. She previously worked with New Tactics in Human Rights, a program of CVT.
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Posted in Refugees
Last Friday we posted about the agreement between the UN refugee agency and the governments of Somalia and Kenya to voluntarily repatriate Somali refugees. Today, we share Juda’s story. Juda is a psychosocial counselor with the Center for Victims of Torture-Dadaab. Although most refugees living in the complex of camps in Dadaab are from Somalia, there are also refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and other countries. Juda is from Ethiopia and tells how news of the agreement has caused him concern.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Posted in Refugees
Last November, the United Nations refugee agency and the governments of Somalia and Kenya signed an agreement to support the voluntary return of Somali refugees. According to the UN, Kenya hosts 470,000 Somali refugees, the majority of whom live in the Dadaab refugee complex.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Posted in DC Events
Please join us on Tuesday, March 4 in Washington, DC for a briefing on responding to the Syrian humanitarian and refugee crises. A panel of experts from CVT, the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs, the International Rescue Committee, and the Refugee Council USA will provide information on the current status of the crises and offer recommendations for actions the United States can take to alleviate the suffering of Syrians living inside the country and those living as refugees in the region.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Today, we are very excited to announce the launch of our new blog, Healing & Human Rights.
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