We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors and ending torture worldwide. Past projects include healing initiatives after some of the world’s deadliest conflicts, training projects with partners at home and around the globe, and advocacy campaigns to end torture and cruel treatment.
Campaign to Ban Torture
This advocacy campaign united CVT with the voices of national religious leaders and those of our nation’s military and national security experts to end torture and cruel treatment by the United States in counterterrorism activities. Read more about the Campaign to Ban Torture
Democratic Republic of Congo
Our project in the DRC provided mental health care to men, women and children who were tortured during a regional war in the eastern region. Read more about our work in the DRC.
Guinea is where we began our first international project providing direct mental health services to survivors of torture and war trauma. We worked in four refugee camps providing mental health services to adult and child refugees from Sierra Leone and Liberia. Read more about our work in Guinea
Healing in Partnership
Healing in Partnership was a research, healing and training project focused on the St. Paul communities of the Karen from Burma, the Bhutanese, the Oromo from Ethiopia and the Somalis. Read more about Healing in Partnership.
International Capacity Building Project
Through the International Capacity Building Project (ICB), we partnered with 21 torture rehabilitation centers around the world to increase their ability to provide high quality services to torture survivors. We also collaborated with four centers to build their research and program evaluation capabilities. Read more about the ICB project
CVT moved from the refugee camps in Guinea to Liberia, providing community-based mental health services in Monrovia, the country’s capitol, and Bong County. Later we expanded to Lofa County, an area almost entirely depopulated during the war. Read more about our work in Liberia
Minnesota Training Projects
Our local training projects have worked with mainstream health and social service providers as well as teachers, community-based groups and refugee communities to increase understanding about the effects of torture and improve access to services for survivors. Read more about our Minnesota training projects
CVT moved with returning refugees to provide mental health services in the Kenema district camps. We expanded care to include community-based projects in the blood diamond areas most severely affected by the war. Read more about our work in Sierra Leone
Trauma Healing Initiative-Africa
The Trauma Healing Initiative-Africa (THI-Africa) is working in eastern and central Africa to improve the quality of mental health services available to survivors of torture and war trauma. We are partnering with local professionals to build lasting healing programs in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya and Uganda. Read more about THI-Africa
Trauma Healing Initiative-Cambodia
Through the Trauma Healing Initiative-Cambodia (THI-Cambodia), we partnered with a local psychosocial organization to build a network of health and mental health providers that could expand and improve their services to torture and war survivors. Read more about THI-Cambodia