Services for Survivors of Torture

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.

List of Current Grantees

For more information, please contact ORR’s Project Officer for the SoT program, Jewel Roberts.  For more information on ORR’s emotional wellness initiative, please contact ORR’s Program Specialist for Refugee Mental Health, Tim Kelly 

U.S. Based Healing Centers Map

Contact Information

Jewel Roberts
Program Manager, Division of Refugee Health
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Email:  jewel.roberts@acf.hhs.gov
Phone: 202.205.9557
Fax: 202.401.0981

Tim Kelly
Program Specialist for Refugee Mental Health, Division of Refugee Health
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Email:  tim.kelly@acf.hhs.gov
Phone: 202.260.7614
Fax: 202.401.5487

  • Report Forms

    Published: November 4, 2013
    This section provides Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) report forms for all federal grants, including
  • Services for Survivors of Torture Grants

    Published: October 23, 2012
    Contacts and funding amounts for new grantees of the Survivors of Torture program.
  • Policy Guidance & Reporting Forms

    Published: September 27, 2012
    Legislative Authority Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Click here for a description about the Act and how it was created. Also link to the
  • HealTorture.org

    Published: September 18, 2012
    Helping torture survivors heal HealTorture.org
  • Policy Guidance/State Letters

    Published: April 5, 2012
    Indices of letters sent to State Refugee Coordinators during each calendar year on pertinent issues for State administered refugee programs.
  • Policy Guidance/State Letters

    Published: April 5, 2012
    Indices of letters sent to State Refugee Coordinators during each calendar year on pertinent issues for State administered refugee programs.
  • Report Forms

    Published: November 4, 2013
    This section provides Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) report forms for all federal grants, including
  • Policy Guidance & Reporting Forms

    Published: September 27, 2012
    Legislative Authority Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Click here for a description about the Act and how it was created. Also link to the
  • Services for Survivors of Torture Grants

    Published: October 23, 2012
    Contacts and funding amounts for new grantees of the Survivors of Torture program.
  • HealTorture.org

    Published: September 18, 2012
    Helping torture survivors heal HealTorture.org
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