The Services for Survivors of Torture program (SOT) is committed to assisting persons who have experienced torture abroad and who are residing in the United States, to restore their dignity and health and rebuild their lives as they integrate into their communities.
The intention of the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 (TVRA) is to recognize that persons entering the United States who have suffered torture abroad may be in need of rehabilitative services to enable them to become productive members of our communities.
The TVRA authorizes funding for the following services:
Torture constitutes one of the most extreme forms of trauma with the potential for long-term psychological and physical suffering and intergenerational trauma. Research studies indicate a 44% prevalence of torture among refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers now living in the U.S. Thus, the SOT program is a key component of ORR’s refugee resettlement program and contributes to the goal of promoting health and wellness among refugees and asylees.
The SOT program includes two types of grants:
Each fiscal year, ORR administers approximately $10.5 million in grant funding as part of the SOT program.
Eligibility for the SOT program is determined in accordance with the TVRA authorizing legislation. This legislation uses the following definitions given in section 2340(1) of title 18, U.S. Code:
As used in the TVRA, this definition also includes the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by a person acting under the color of law, upon another person under his custody or physical control.
Visit the Health and Mental Health section of the ORR Network Resources page for other related resources.
For more information about the SOT program, contact the Project Officer listed below.
Please refer to Section VI.3 Award Administration Information, Reporting in the Direct Services for Survivors of Torture funding opportunity HHS-2015-ACF-ORR-ZT-0980 for performance progress and financial reporting requirements.
The ACF Performance Progress Report (PPR) can be found on the ACF Grants Forms web page. The SF-425 Federal Financial Report (FFR) and other reporting forms can be found on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Grants Management Forms web page.
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201