Experts

HealTorture draws experts from across the country and around the world to speak and write on topics in the field of torture rehabilitation. Click on an expert's name to learn more about them and check out their presentations and/or articles.

Cris Riley

Crystal Riley is Coordinator of Research & Development, Intercultural Psychiatric Program at the Oregon Health & Science University. She received her MA degree from George Mason University in 1982. With a background in clinical psychology, research, and program development, Ms.

R. Richard Sanders, M.S. CCC, M.T.S.

R. Richard Sanders, M.S. CCC, M.T.S. holds the rank of Clinical Expert in Speech-Language Pathology at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with interests in the areas of acquired brain injury and counseling. He has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Communication Disorders from Boston University. He completed a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School focusing on counseling individuals and families after difficult life events.

Daliah Setareh

Daliah Setareh, JD, has been a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for 17 years.

While a law student she published a law review article at the UCLA Women’s Law Journal entitled "Women Escaping Genital Mutilation - Seeking Asylum in the United States",  which discusses the practice of female genital mutilation and explains why it should be recognized as a form of torture and viewed as grounds for political asylum in the United States.  

After law school, Ms. Setareh began working on behalf of vulnerable immigrant populations from around the world.  At LAFLA, Ms.

Mmaabo G. Setshwaelo

 Project Coordinator: Street Involved Children Project (UNICEF/MOESD) Hometown: Botswana Quote: “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela - See more at: http://www.steppingstonesintl.org/newsite/?page_id=33#sthash.gOJxkT99.dpuf

Richard Shapiro

Dr. Shapiro has a private practice in general psychiatry in Menlo Park and San Francisco working with adults and adolescents. He is the founder of Golden Gate TMS with an office in downtown Palo Alto. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell University Medical School and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is double board certified in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Shapiro has been on the teaching faculty at both Harvard and Stanford medical schools.

Carolina Sheinfeld

Carolina Sheinfeld, MPD, is the Project Coordinator for LAFLA’s Torture Survivors Project. With a team of four attorneys and one social worker her program provides legal assistance and case management to asylum seekers, asylees, refugees, lawful permanent residents and naturalized US citizens and facilitates the integration process of immigrant survivors.

Hawthorne Smith, PhD

Dr. Smith is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Smith received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology (with distinction) from Teachers College; Columbia University. Among his clinical duties, Dr. Smith has facilitated a support group for French-speaking African survivors of torture for the past 15 years.

Laurel Smith-Raut

Laurel Smith-Raut, LGSW, is a case manager with the Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma (ASTT) in Baltimore, MD.  She attended the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she received her Masters in 2007. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Nepal, Laurel has used her cross-cultural skills as a refugee case manager intern with the International Rescue Committee and a community organizer at the Southeast Community Development Corporation. She has been working with torture survivors at Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma for the past five years.

Marie Soueid

Center for Victims of Torture
Policy Counsel

Marie Soueid is a human rights lawyer based in CVT’s Washington, DC office. She leads CVT’s Transitional Justice Initiative.  Ms. Soueid has conducted pro bono work with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project as a Supervising Attorney. Previously, Ms. Soueid worked with the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic and interned with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and the Human Rights First Refugee Protection Program. Ms. Soueid graduated from Rutgers with her B.A.

Annie Sovcik

Annie Sovcik is the Director of the Washington Office of the Center for Victims of Torture.

Ms. Sovcik has spent almost ten years working on refugee, asylum and immigration policies. Prior to joining CVT, Ms. Sovcik was the Advocacy Counsel for the Refugee Protection Program at Human Rights First where she focused on laws and policies impacting refugees seeking asylum in the United States. Ms. Sovcik was also a Staff Attorney with the Access to Justice and Children’s Services units at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

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