Some people residing in the U.S. may have experienced torture in foreign countries. These people may be U.S. citizens, refugees, asylees, immigrants or other displaced persons. ORR is committed to providing culturally competent services to torture survivors in order to restore their dignity, identity, and well-being as they rebuild their lives. Each fiscal year, ORR administered approximately $11 million in grant funding to the Services for Survivors of Torture program (SoT).
This program is an important part of ORR’s initiative to promote emotional wellness. ORR strives to strengthen the connections between the SoT program and other components of the refugee resettlement program.
In FY 2014, ORR funded 30 organizations in 19 States to provide medical, psychological, legal and/or social services to survivors of torture. These organizations are in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia (serving the metropolitan D.C. area), Vermont and Washington. Contact information for the current list of grantees is available below.
ORR also funds the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) and the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services (GCJFCS) as technical assistance providers to build capacity in organizations that serve survivors of torture.
See the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 for more information.
For more information, please contact ORR’s Project Officer for the SoT program, Tim Kelly
Program Specialist for Survivors of Torture
Division of Refugee Health
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447