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Center for Victims of Torture

Debate Cheat Sheet on Torture

Melina Milazzo, Esq. | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Melina Milazzo, Esq.

Monday's first presidential debate is anticipated to break viewership records. "Securing America" will be one of the debate's hot topics. If you are planning to watch by yourself or with others, and the issue of torture or what has been euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation" comes up, here's what you, your friends, and family should know about torture. Pass it on.

Why Fellow Americans Must Reject Torture Now

Curt Goering | Posted 09.14.2016 | World
Curt Goering

In our current socio-political climate, we're dealing with difficult times. Despite the United States' longstanding bipartisan opposition to torture a...

Indefinite Detention At Guantánamo Is More Than A Numbers Game

Melina Milazzo, Esq. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
Melina Milazzo, Esq.

Even when an inter-agency team of U.S. government national security experts determines that a detainee does not pose a threat to U.S. national security interests, some detainees continue to be held simply because of their nationality, not dangerousness.

CVT Stands with Those Whose Rights are Violated

Curt Goering | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Curt Goering

Over the past week, we at CVT have watched in horror as events have unfolded in the streets of the U.S., including the shooting deaths by police of Al...

Hamilton, Torture and Freedom

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

How would our Founding Fathers react to the inflammatory rhetoric we've heard lately calling on the United States to bar people from entering the U.S. based on their religion? To close the door to refugees?

Dadaab: Healing the Wounds of Torture Under a Cloud

Curt Goering | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Curt Goering

Imagine what it would be like to be told that in a few short months, your world would be turned upside down. You would be turned out of the only home ...

U.S. Must Send Clear Message to Egypt on Human Rights

Curt Goering | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
Curt Goering

The U.S. should press harder for an end to the crackdown, which has included dropping probes into NGOs' funding from foreign sources, potential travel bans on activists, asset freezes and harassment of human rights activists.

Resettlement of Tortured Refugees Must Include Rehabilitative Care

Curt Goering | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
Curt Goering

There are more than 40 torture rehabilitation programs in the U.S., operating in 25 states and doing life-saving work with torture survivors -- but each of these already has a waiting list of survivors. Will Syrians in desperate need have to wait months or even years to receive care?

June 26: Join the Torture Rehabilitation Movement

Curt Goering | Posted 06.26.2016 | World
Curt Goering

Today is a day when we pay tribute to the men, women and children who have suffered the unimaginable horror and pain of torture -- and who, with unimaginable strength and courage, survived, and are rebuilding their lives.

Syria Exhibit at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

If "Never Again" means that the world will mobilize to stop mass atrocities -- genocide, torture, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity -- then the integration of an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum showing ongoing crimes in Syria that rise to that level belies our commitment to such a slogan.

June 26 -- Honoring the Strength and Spirit of Torture Survivors

Curt Goering | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is a testament to the power of healing and the resilience of torture survivors. It is a day to show our respect for and solidarity with them. It is a day to let them know they are not forgotten.

Mental Health Care as a Humanitarian Response

Curt Goering | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Curt Goering

At a time when thousands of survivors of torture and war atrocities are waiting to receive the mental health care they so urgently need, increased financial support from the international community must be forthcoming.

It's Never Too Late to Account for Our Torturous Past

Melina Milazzo, Esq. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Melina Milazzo, Esq.

Eleven years ago, government lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee "redefined the law" to provide distorted legal justifications -- where none exist -- to torture detainees held in U.S. custody. The public release of the 6,000 page Senate report on the CIA torture program would be a significant step in the right direction.

Torture's Lasting Effects

Curt Goering | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Curt Goering

In order to ensure the United States does not repeat the mistakes of the past, a full and public accounting of how U.S. government policies and practices failed to conform to our legal and moral obligations is required.