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Restoring Hope and Dignity CVT Manual

The "Restoring Hope and Dignity CVT Manual" is reviewed in the April issue of TORTURE.

The Quiet Epidemic: Mental Disorders in Refugees

A February 16 story on WIRED explores challenges related to mental health issues in limited resource areas, and featured members of CVT international staff.

Bellevue Program Featured in Vice Article

HealTorture.com partner the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture was featured in a February 8 article by Serena Solomon.

Running for their lives

This excellent feature by the Washington Post shares the stories of Ethiopian torture survivors in the Washington, D.C. area. The survivors in this story are all highly talented runners, and used athletic events in the U.S. as a way to escape oppression in Ethiopia.

Seeking Justice Against Perpetrators with CJA

By CVT intern Leah Owens

“Survivors of torture around the world will not be silenced. With the help of CJA we are rising up to hold our abusers accountable under the law. CJA’s victories are bringing us closer to a world in which state-sponsored torture is unacceptable.”

-Rigoberta Menchú Tum,

Community Gardening in Torture Treatment

Many torture survivor rehabilitation centers in the U.S. strive to recreate a home-like atmosphere for clients – from hanging indigenous textiles on the walls to displaying small handicrafts from around the world.

Laura Pizer Gueron

Laura Pizer Gueron has been a Physical Therapist since 1983 after graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She obtained a Master's degree in public health education from the University of Minnesota in 1990.  Laura began providing PT as a volunteer at the Center for Victims of Torture in 1992, and has treated clients at CVT for 21 years. Laura has worked as a PT trainer in Thai villages and in the Ban Vinai refugee camp, and provided PT services to patients in Israel, India, and Rosebud reservation in South Dakota.

Ann Marie Willhoite

Ann Marie Willhoite

International Clinical Advisor
The Center for Victims of Torture

Ms. Willhoite has worked for the past two years as International Clinical Advisor for Mental Health in CVT’s International Services programs, where she oversees capacity building of mental health services for torture treatment centers around the world, provides clinical supervision for embedded psychologists, and works on global mental health advocacy in Washington. Previously, Ms.

Thomas Buckley

Dr. Buckley is Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, where he coordinates the Public Health & Healthcare Policy course and co-coordinates the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience program. He is a clinical consultant and evaluator for the Khmer Health Advocates, a Cambodian-American healthcare organization in West Hartford, CT, where he also is a preceptor for students on clincial healthcare rotations.

Stories from the Field 4

This episode of Stories from the Field features Jean Abbott from the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, speaking about how she came to work in the field of torture treatment through the refuge movement, founded the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, and what keeps her in the field: the compelling relationships that help in healing.


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