The Survivors of Torture Services (STS) program is a comprehensive service to refugees and immigrants who have experienced torture in their home countries. We provide a safe, welcoming, confidential, trauma-informed, and culturally-appropriate setting where survivors can begin the healing process. Our services include:
- Direct mental health and psychiatric services
- Social service and medical care coordination
- Legal service referrals
The Survivors of Torture Services is a program within the Family Health Centers (FHC) Refugee Health department. In 2012, the STS began as the Survivors of Torture Recovery Center (STRC) under the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work, with federal grant funding from the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. In January 2019, the STRC transferred to the Family Health Centers and became the Survivors of Torture Services. Housed on the campus of the Americana Community Center and adjacent to the FHC-Americana site, the STS provides holistic, integrated, individualized care for this highly traumatized population.
STS is 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?
Yes, Primarily. Depending on capacity at any given time, our program may occasionally serve refugees and immigrants who are struggling with the aftermath of severe trauma and who have challenges being served by other community organizations.
If someone is not eligible for your services do you assist with local referrals?
Key Partners in Direct Care (Please send referrals to healing center first)
Legal referrals are made to local immigration attorneys, the Legal Aid Society, or the Victims Advocacy Program at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
STRC Referral Form
Click here to Download the STRC Referral Form