IRC in Seattle (IRC-Sea) will partner with Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) to provide comprehensive social, physical, and mental health services, legal services, as well as housing, systems navigation, and community support to survivors of torture in Washington State. Through this partnership, IRC’s Survivors of Torture program will focus on the special needs of torture survivors providing trauma-informed and strength-based supports as they rebuild their lives in the U.S.
IRC Seattle is not a member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.
Do you have to be a survivor of torture to be eligible for your services?
Services will be targeted to communities that experience a high prevalence of torture, primarily refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and trafficking survivors.
If someone is not eligible for your services do you assist with local referrals?
Expanded details of program’s services
IRC’s Survivors of Torture program will focus on the special needs of torture survivors providing trauma-informed and strength-based supports as they rebuild their lives in the U.S. Specifically, IRC, NWIRP, and HMC will collaborate and integrate efforts to meet the following objectives:
- Provide holistic, client-driven, and individualized services to 470 duplicated and 300 unduplicated survivors each year to address the medical, psychological, legal, and social needs of survivors; and
- Build the capacity of 240 local and national service providers to deliver effective, quality services and culturally responsive services to torture survivors in western Washington State with a focus in and around King County.
These objectives will be met through activities which will occur under the following three main assessment areas:
- Core Service Delivery
- Organizational Capacity Development and
- Community Engagement and Education.
IRC’s and its partners’ work are informed by a large number of staff with lived experience and in consultation with affected communities. IRC, NWIRP, and HMC have collectively and individually served refugees, immigrants, asylees, asylum seekers, and trafficking survivors – including survivors of torture – for nearly 50 years. IRC-Sea provides refugee resettlement services, intensive medical case management, mental health and psychosocial support, housing support, systems navigation, benefits enrollment, workforce development, and a variety of other services to refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, immigrants, asylum seekers, and low-income residents. NWIRP promotes legal rights by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants by providing direct legal services, advocacy, and community education. HMC, and its associated International Medicine Clinic, provides primary, surgical, and specialty care to a large number of immigrants, refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, and trafficked individuals. Through this vital partnership, IRC, NWIRP, and HMC will leverage each of their core specializations and integrate services to allow for a multidisciplinary approach across a continuum of care that supports survivors of torture while they rebuild their lives in their new community.
Key Partners in Direct Care (Please send referrals to healing center first)
IRC in Seattle (IRC-Sea) will partner with Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP).