Center for the Victims of Torture

CVT exists to heal the wounds of government-sponsored torture on individuals, their families, and communities and to stop its practice. We work locally, nationally and internationally to build healing communities where torture survivors feel welcomed, protected and healed.

We fulfill our mission in four ways: We provide services directly to torture survivors, including medical and psychological treatment and social services. We also provide referrals to other agencies in the community. We train health, education and human services professionals who work with torture survivors and refugees. We conduct research on the effects of torture and on effective treatment methods to be sure that we are providing the best care we can to our clients. We advocate for public policy initiatives in Minnesota, in the United States and worldwide that will help heal survivors and put an end to the practice of torture.

The Minnesota-based Center for Victims of Torture is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1985. The first organization of its kind in the United States and the third in the world, CVT has pioneered a comprehensive assessment and care program that is unique in the U.S.

For more information, or to contact Center for the Victims of Torture, see their website at: www.cvt.org

» Recent News

New Handbook Details Resources for Local Immigrant and Refugee Populations
01 Jan 02 | New Neighbors/Hidden Scars: A Resource Handbook for Working with Refugees Who May Be Torture or War Trauma Survivors will benefit professionals in many sectors of the economy: private employers, health care professionals, educators, and social ...

Gather This Voice: A Reading In Honor of the Stories and Lives of Torture Victims
01 Nov 01 | Editor Ted Genoways offered the publication reading as an opportunity to celebrate the work of the Center, because the life of Hernandez is strongly linked to the lives and stories of the CVT's clients. Please join CVT and Ruminator Books in ...

Local Man Honored as a Daily Point of Light
30 Oct 01 | Since then he has driven more than 100 clients from more than 50 countries to their appointments at The Center For Victims of Torture. The Center For Victims of Torture is the foremost treatment center in the United States for survivors of ...

CVT Joins IRCT in Condemnation and Call to Action in Torture and Killing of Field Workers and a Patient at Indonesian Torture Treatment Facility
09 Dec 00 | The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) has joined the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) in their condemnation in the killings of three volunteer field workers and one patient from the Rehabilitation Action for ...

Minnesota Based Center Receives Momentous $1.5 Million Grant from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Torture Victims Relief Act
26 Oct 00 | "This is a significant step in implementing the vision of the Congress to help heal torture survivors and their families around the world," says the nation's foremost torture treatment center. It will help victims of torture get state of the art ...

Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) Welcomes Announcement from congressman Sabo's Office of Two Grants from Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to Open St.Paul Center
21 Sep 00 | "These groundbreaking grants allow us to take significant first steps toward opening a center for survivors of torture in the city of St.Paul and in assisting other throughtout the country," says the nation's foremost torture center. the grants ...

Center for Victims (CVT) of Torture Applauds United Nations' Creation of War Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone
14 Aug 00 | "We must ensure that further steps are taken to guarantee care and rehabilitative treatment for survivors of torture," cautions the nation's leading torture victims' treatment facility. The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), the nation's oldest...

The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) Marks Observance of United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture with Reception to Honor Key Supporters of 1998 Torture Victims Relief Act
21 Jun 00 | The Center for Victims of Torture today hosted an observance of the Third Annual United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26) in the Caucus Room (325) of the Russell Senate Office Building. The public policy program sought the ...

 


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