This year the NCB Project created a new National Advisory Council (NAC) to drive the direction of the capacity building and training that NCB offers. Members represent the needs and interests of torture rehabilitation programs and refugee-serving organizations across the United States.
The NAC consists of 8-10 human rights professionals, as well as the NCB team and the ORR Survivors of Torture Program Manager, and will be made up of a range of professionals who work with torture survivors in direct services. We plan that the group will include psychologists, social workers, administrators, refugee resettlement staff, development officers, and medical or legal professionals. The group will meet quarterly, from January 2016 - May 2017, and discuss technical assistance initiatives, as well as trends and needs in the field.
The application process for the current NAC has been completed, but a new group will be formed starting in mid-2017. An announcement and invitation to apply for membership will be sent out in early 2017.