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Refugee and Immigrant Center for Healing Survivors of Torture Program

The Survivors of Torture Program in Jewish Family Services, Western New York (JFSWNY) Refugee and Immigrant Center for Healing provides immigrants and refugees, asylum-seekers, and other survivors of torture and trauma and their families with holistic healing and recovery supports that help them to rebuild their lives.

The SOT Program at JFSWNY began in 2014 to address the consequences of refugee trauma and political and state-sponsored torture experienced by survivors living in Western New York. SOT is an intensive, strength-based, client-centered, care coordination model that supports individuals and their families in their healing process and empowers them through community-based collaboration. With the help of our partners, Journey’s End Refugee Services, University at Buffalo Family Medicine and the student-led Human Rights Clinic at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, SOT clients are provided with the care coordination, legal, medical, forensic, and other therapeutic services needed to promote their healing process.

JFSWNY is a member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.