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Mexico City, December 2016

NCTTP Members Participate in IRCT’s 10th International Scientific Symposium & 5th General Assembly in Mexico City in December

Over 25 NCTTP members participated in the International Rehabilitation Center for Torture Survivors’ 10th International Scientific Symposium, held in Mexico City, December 4-7, 2016. Titled, “Delivering on the Promise of the Right to Rehabilitation”, the Symposium included over 100 topics, presented by individuals involved in torture treatment from all over the world. Topics ranged from descriptions of the consequences of torture to examining how to effectively deliver treatment and enforce the right to rehabilitation for torture survivors. Individuals from at least nine NCTTP centers made 13 presentations. More information and a Book of Abstracts can be found on the IRCT website: www.irct.org

Front Row: Daniel Towns & Cris Riley (Torture Treatment Center of Oregon, Portland, OR) Ceila VanDeGraaf (Center for Survivors of Torture, Dallas) Pete Dross (Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis) Lin Piwowarcyzk (Boston Center for Health & Human Rights) Alison Burke (Program for Survivors of Torture & Trauma, Falls Church, VA)
Back Row: Kathi Anderson (Survivors of Torture International, San Diego) Mojdeh Rohani (Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Cambridge, MASS) Matthew Kennis (Libertas Center for Human Rights, New York City) Sylvia Acevedo (Florida Center for Survivors of Torture) Armina Husic (Center for Survivors of Torture, San Jose, CA) Jorge Aroche (Sydney, President, IRCT) Cynthia Williard (Program for Torture Victims, Los Angeles) Mary Lynn Everson (Kovler Center, Chicago) Alan Keller (Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, New York City) Victor Madrigal-Borloz (Secretary-General, IRCT

The IRCT’s 5th General Assembly immediately followed the Scientific Symposium. One of the main outputs from this 5th IRCT General Assembly was to produce IRCT’s Mexico Consensus, a document to guide the IRCT’s ethics and plans related to treatment of torture survivors and work toward torture prevention. More information and the Mexico Consensus can be found on the IRCT website. The IRCT consists of 152 centers providing rehabilitation services to an estimated 100,000 victims of torture in 74 countries.

The NCTTP Collaborates with Organizations Across the Globe

The NCTTP collaborates internationally with groups across the Globe to prevent torture, to protect lives of those who may be in danger of current torture, and to discover and produce the best possible treatment, education, advocacy, and research mechanisms for a global fight against Torture and a global fight for the best possible care for Torture Survivors to ensure they have a chance at staying alive and living productive lives, on the way to, and once they reach their country of resettlement, either as an asylum seeker or a refugee, depending on the status of the country from which they flee with the government of their resettlement country.

Victor Madrigal Borloz, Secretary General, IRCT, with Lin Piwowarczyk, President NCTTP, & Karen Hanscom, IRCT Vice President at NCTTP's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 2014.

Organizations with which NCTTP actively collaborates include the International Rehabilitative Council for Torture Survivors (IRCT), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR), and others.

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