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Our colleagues in Jordan got snow last week -- an unusual occurrence for them. Here's our colleague, Ruba, skiing on her rooftop.
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CVT is among a coalition of civil liberties, human rights, national security, and religious organizations opposing legislation that would ban detainee transfers out of the Guantanamo detention facility. CVT has long opposed indefinite detention at Guantanamo and has been part of efforts calling for the detention center to be closed.
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Volunteer Tom Plunkett wrote about his work with CVT for the Ramsey County Bar Association newsletter. "Dropping your spare change into a can brings dignity to another person. I did not understand the need or the benefit until after I took the time to act." Tom is the president of the association and volunteers at CVT as a speaker and befriender. Thank you, Tom, for all you do!
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Survivors’ bodies often become perceived as the enemy because of the pain. By reducing the pain, we’re helping people become more comfortable in their bodies again. We also know that as pain levels go down, emotions become more positive which promotes better relationships and more meaningful lives. Read about our physical therapy work in Nairobi on our blog, Healing and Human Rights.
By Laura Gueron, DPT, MPH. Laura is the physical therapy advisor for CVT's work in Kenya. She volunteered as a physical therapist at the St. Paul Healing Center for more than 20 years. Nairobi Physical Therapy Staff_web. Photo: Laura Gueron, Stephen Agwata, Jennifer Chepkemoi, Collins Acheta, ...
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A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that six in ten Americans say U.S. spending to improve health in developing countries is helpful in improving the U.S. image abroad.
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Congratulations to CVT board member, Nancy Feldman, on being named a Wonder Woman by Twin Cities Business! The award recognizes six women who use their influence to help others. We're thankful for her leadership and support.
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"Your help is mandatory because if you do not help me I will die." Read Oba's story of healing on our Healing and Human Rights blog.
Judith Twala, MA, is a psychotherapist/trainer with the Center for Victims of Torture in Dadaab, Kenya. Dadaab is the world's largest refugee camp in the northeast region of Kenya, close to the Somali border. Most refugees in this complex of camps are from Somalia with others from South Sudan, ...
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Thanks to Ten Thousand Things for their performance of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" on Monday. Several staff members, as well as some clients and volunteers, attended the performance. Kudos to all the performers!
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Chris Cotter, an American traveler, is documenting the common migration path of Eritrean refugees through Ethiopia and into Israel in Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus. The film visits several refugee camps and tells the stories of oppression, torture, and survival. You can read about our work with Eritrean refugees at http://www.cvt.org/ethiopia.
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The UN Security Council recently held a meeting on the “Protection of civilians in armed conflict.” Among the speakers was Ambassador David Pressman, Alternate U.S. Representative to the UN for Special Political Affairs.
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Learn first hand how we help torture victims – refugees and asylum seekers – heal from the trauma of torture, war and political violence. You’ll hear directly from our psychotherapists, social workers and other staff about the sanctuary and healing we provide after the physical and psychological trauma of torture and war. To RSVP for a tour, contact Steven Hall at 612-436-4820 or shall@cvt.org
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Our New Tactics in Human Rights program has posted a video to their blog. The video was created in coordination with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) as part of their campaign to combat the stigma of people with HIV/AIDS. Check it out!
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The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) exists to heal the wounds of torture and war on individuals, their families and their communities, and to stop its practice.
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The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture and violent conflict. We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.

At the Center for Victims of Torture, we are forging new ways to advance human rights and build a future free from torture. Through research, training, advocacy and our healing services for survivors, each initiative we undertake plays a role in building a larger vision for the torture rehabilitation movement. We provide a bridge between torture victims, the local community and society as a whole, working to restore the dignity of the human spirit one survivor at a time.