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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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June 26

June 26 commemorates the signing of the UN Convention against Torture. Despite the fact the use of torture is criminal, it continues to be practiced and advocated. Increasingly societies are desensitized to its use. Persecution due to one’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group or political opinion are often its basis. However, there can never be any justification for the use of torture. Its impact can be long lasting… far beyond the healing of the physical wounds it causes. Please join with survivors, the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs, and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture as we advocate for a world without torture.

- Lin Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH
President, NCTTP


NCTTP Calls on the President to Provide Torture Survivors with Access to Rehabilitative Care and Asylum Procedures that Treat them with Dignity

The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) urges President Trump to make a commitment to the rehabilitation and protection of torture survivors. Central to this commitment would be ensuring that survivors of torture who have been forced to flee their homes and seek protection in the United States have access to specialized rehabilitative care and asylum procedures that treat them with dignity and provides them with hope.

Survivors of torture report being subjected to severe beatings, rape, deprivation, humiliation, threats, sensory stress, kidnapping, forced postures, asphyxiation, burning, and witness to murder and torture of family members. These experiences commonly lead survivors to demonstrate symptoms such as chronic pain, sleep disorders, severe depression and anxiety, the inability to concentrate, and thoughts of suicide. A recent study by the NCTTP on 9,025 survivors coming for treatment in NCTTP centers documents 14 types of torture in 125 countries. A diagnostic study of a portion of these survivors shows 69% had PTSD and 52.4% had major depressive disorder...

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Policymakers, Please Oppose President Trump’s Plan to Suspend the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

President Trump has signed an Executive Order that suspends the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days and bans the arrival of Syrian refugees.

The United States must protect its legacy as a generous and safe new home for refugees, especially now when global forced displacement is at record levels: over 65 million people have been forced from their homes. Care is needed for these survivors – research from the Center for Victims of Torture shows that up to 44 percent of refugees in the United States are survivors of torture and research from the NCTTP shows high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression are likely for survivors.

The NCTTP stands with refugees, for whom resettlement is often the only, and last, chance to reach safe haven after surviving the horrors of torture, war and displacement. Any announcement to pause resettlement would grind refugee processing to a halt, as each step of the security check process is time sensitive...

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NCTTP Welcomes United Nations New Commitments to Refugees

The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) commends the United Nations General Assembly and President Obama for their leadership in coordinating two recent high level meetings on responding to the global refugee crisis.

With an estimated 65.3 million people forcibly displaced from their homes globally – and 21.3 million of those living as refugees – the crisis demands an immediate and international response. The gathering of global leaders to begin to tackle this pressing problem of our time is a positive step in the right direction. Nevertheless, these meetings must be more than lip service...

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