Staff of the National Capacity Building Project at the Center for Victims of Torture

Huy Pham | Project Manager

Huy Pham, MPH (hpham@cvt.org | 612.436.4848) joined the Center for Victims of Torture in February 2017. Prior to CVT, Huy worked for a number of NGOs, including the American Refugee Committee, Save the Children, and The Advocates for Human Rights. Huy brings experience in program management (including the areas of crisis and natural disaster response), refugee issues, collaborating across agencies, and budget management. Among his responsibilities at A.R.C., he worked on the organization's response to the crisis in Syria, Ebola in Liberia, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. At Save the Children, Huy was the Country Director for Vietnam, where he consolidated five different country programs into one and led policy advocacy efforts focusing on health systems and nutrition, among other areas.

Huy earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and his Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. Huy is a Vietnam War refugee and settled in the U.S. in 1975.


Ann Lundberg | Logistics and Communications Coordinator

Ann Lundberg (alundberg@cvt.org | 612.436.4856) handles logistics for institutes, surveys, the annual NCTTP meeting, and provides general administrative support to the Project. She also coordinates the educational webinars. Ann has worked at CVT since 1992. She first became actively involved with the organization as a volunteer in 1987 and has worked in many different capacities at the Center since then, including training logistics for the Minnesota Mainstream Project. Ann has been part of the National Capacity Building Project since its inception.


Sara Bracewell | eLearning Developer and Website Administrator

Sara Bracewell (sbracewell@cvt.org) is responsible for digitally curating HealTorture.org and for marketing the website. Sara also facilitates NCB’s e-learning, including the Fundamentals of Providing Services to Torture Survivors course. She assists with webinars and administers the Heal_Torture_Talk listserv. Sara joined CVT in December of 2018. Sara received a certificate in Full-Stack Coding from the University of Minnesota in May. Prior to participating in that program, Sara worked at Ingenuity Marketing Group for over 10 years as the Office Manager/Controller and then as a Client Coordinator, where she was responsible for video editing, website administration, search engine optimization and working cross-departmentally on a variety of projects. Prior to her work at Ingenuity, Sara studied horticulture and worked in landscape design.


Shruti Dasgupta | Clinical Advisor

Shruti Dasgupta, PhD (sdasgupta@cvt.org) is a psychologist and clinical advisor for National Capacity Building at CVT. She has been involved in direct services, advocacy, research, and training, and has specialized in marginalized, asylee, refugee, immigrant, and international mental health with a focus in trauma. Dr. Dasgupta joined CVT in December 2019 as a psychotherapist. At CVT, she also has been involved in providing support and training to service providers, who work directly with trauma and torture survivors. Prior to joining CVT, she has worked at over eight organizations providing direct clinical services to refugees, asylum seekers, torture survivors and other community members. She holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Miami University, Ohio.


Amy Kamel | Clinical Advisor

Amy Kamel, MA, MSW, LICSW (akamel@cvt.org) is a staff psychotherapist and trainer at the Center for Victims of Torture. She has worked with torture survivors since 2012. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University St. Thomas, and a Master of Arts in French from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Kamel is bilingual in French and English, and is experienced in providing psychotherapy in both languages, as well as providing supervision to clinical staff working in direct service. From 2017 to 2020, Ms. Kamel was contracted through CVT to provide training on mental health, self-care, and sustainability to officers working in Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations (RAIO). Currently, she delivers training on sustainability to legal service and social service providers who work along the US-Mexico border, as well as to United Stateless, a group of stateless people (some of whom are torture survivors) who are working to establish community, to develop human rights, and to advocate for paths toward statehood for their members. Ms. Kamel has completed two years of her own training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) certification program. Sensorimotor psychotherapy combines theory and techniques from dynamic and cognitive therapy while focusing on movement interventions and somatic awareness. Ms. Kamel is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.


Laurel Lunn | Research Associate

Laurel Lunn, PhD (llunn@cvt.org | 612.436.2605) joined CVT in July of 2016. In her role as Research Associate, Laurel coordinates efforts to monitor and evaluate CVT’s capacity building programs, and advances CVT’s research portfolio in the area of capacity building. Laurel also serves as a program evaluation advisor to several international torture rehabilitation centers through the Partners in Trauma Healing Program, supporting efforts to assess the effectiveness of their mental health and psychosocial service interventions. Prior to CVT, she worked for an independent research firm on evaluations of projects spanning multiple content areas, including service systems for families experiencing homelessness, micronutrient fortification of staple foods, and community networks to foster resilience. She received her PhD in Community Research & Action from Vanderbilt University (2014) where she used both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate stressors and health status among resettled refugees and influences of rurality in mental health service delivery for children and adolescents.


Lisa Hattori | Program Evaluation Specialist

Lisa Hattori, MA (lhattori@cvt.org) provides program evaluation support to U.S.-based direct service programs and the National Capacity Building project. Her interests include building learning cultures, facilitating data-driven decision making, and reducing stigma around mental health and illness. Prior to joining CVT, she led the strategic design and implementation of learning and evaluation approaches, frameworks and data systems at MADRE. She also conducted formative, process and impact evaluations for NGOs, multilateral organizations and government including Mercy Corps, UNDP and NYC Department of Social Services. Lisa received her MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and her BBA from CUNY Macaulay at Baruch College.

Listserv & Website

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