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Torture Continues...


NCTTP's 8th Annual Research Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
George Washington University

Full Day Event  •  Monday, February 29th 2016  •  8:30am - 5:00pm

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Learn how the NCTTP is combating & transforming
the TEARS of torture everyday in 34 member centers through...

Treatment   Education   Advocacy   Research   Sustainability

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TREAT survivors to decrease the short and long term impacts of torture (both physical and psychological)...

NCTTP’s Treatment Philosophy is to first provide a welcoming, safe environment where Torture Survivors feel or gradually learn to feel safe and understood. Adequate language or language is paramount. Also paramount is a welcoming attitude of the provider, i.e., a successful communication of "I am very glad you (the Survivor) have come."

To decrease the short and long term impacts of torture, many NCTTP centers offer a full range of treatment services – medical, mental health, legal, social support and case management services, which are needed by torture survivors. Some NCTTP centers specialize in one of these services and collaborate with partner organizations to provide the other services...

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It is the intentionality of torture against someone who is defenseless that is at the heart of its destructive effects. Talk of cruel and inhuman treatment misses the fact that these actions are intended to cause profound physical, emotional and psychological suffering. 

- Linda Piwowarczyk, M.D., President, NCTTP, Psychiatrist and public health practitioner, Dr. Piwowarczyk is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and co-founder of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR). Dr. Piwowarczyk currently serves as director of BCRHHR.

Torture News from Around the World

The following is a collection of current articles on the subject of torture drawn from the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. This list is updated automatically as new articles are published.


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