The Services for Survivors of Torture Program is committed to rehabilitating torture survivors. Services for Survivors of Torture aim to restore health and independence so that survivors may build productive lives. Many groups residing in the U.S--including refugees, asylees, immigrants, other displaced persons, and U.S. citizens--may have experienced torture in foreign countries. Services for Survivors of Torture Programs focus on physical, psychological, social and legal services for torture survivors as well as education and training of service providers.
Services for Survivors of Torture Programs have two main initiatives:
The Torture Victimes Relief Act of 1998 (TVRA), provides funding for a comprehensive program of support for survivors of torture. The TVRA recognizes that a significant number of refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers entering the United States have suffered torture. These torture survivors, now living in the United States, should receive rehabilitative services to enable them to become productive members of our communities.
Grants fund the following services:
Clients are determined eligible for the Services for Torture Survivors Program in accordance with the TVRA authorizing legislation. This legislation uses the following definition of torture given in section 2340(1) of title 18, United States 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.
Healtorture.org has created a new online resource center for programs serving torture survivors, individuals wishing to learn more about serving this population, and for survivors looking for information and services. Healtorture.org has also created an easy-to-use resource site for ORR related materials, forms and guidance.
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