The Services for Survivors of Torture program (SOT) is a program of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Division of Refugee Health. It is committed to assisting persons who have experienced torture abroad and who are residing in the United States, to restore their dignity and health and rebuild their lives as they integrate into their communities.
ORR Semi-Annual Report Guidance SOT PPR FY2019 To learn how to use GrantSolutions, see the training videos available here. To add a new user, follow these instructions. For assistance with GrantSolutions, you can contact their helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ORR page on Managing Federal Grants may also be helpful to you.
Documents for ORR Reporting
Reporting documents are always available on the ORR report forms website. For your convenience, the following forms are most important for SOT programs:
- The SOT-PWI-S - this tool can be used to aggregate the outcome data (data points 20-25) - Released October 2016
- Forms SF-425, ACF-OGM-SF-PPR Coversheet/Attachment B, and SF-424 can be found on the the ORR report forms website.
These files were current as of December 21, 2018.
Significant guidance is available in the evaluation section of this website.
ORR grantees receiving Survivors of Torture funds are expected to determine eligibility for SOT services according to the definition given in the United States Torture Victims Relief Act legislation. Proof of eligibility should be reflected in the client file in a consistent format. Two documents were created by ORR SOT program staff to aid programs in making this determination for each potential client.
The first one is policy guidance.
The second one is a sample eligibility form.
The 2016 webinar, Who is a Torture Survivor: Understanding the Legal Definitions of Torture, and accompanying documents, is very helpful with regard to questions of eligibility.
If you still have questions about whether a specific potential client fits the definition, you can contact ORR staff directly or use the NCB Heal_Torture_Talk listserv (without divulging any patient health information or other identifying information) for peer guidance. For more information on the listserv as well as how to sign up.