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PROGRAM FOR TORTURE VICTIMS
May 28, 2010

The Program for Torture Victims is an amazing organization. When you open the front door, you're immediately greeted with smiling faces and an overall warm atmosphere. Even though I've only contributed a small amount, they make me feel as though I'm making a huge difference each time I volunteer. Last time I went to help them with their newsletter, they even fed me! The staff is always willing to stop and teach me about their services and the issues the clients face. I've learned so much from these beautiful women (and a couple of men!) One thing I learned is that about half, if not most, of PTV clients are women. Most people think that victims of torture are typically men who have been interrogated. Actually, many torture survivors are women who have been victims of sexual violence. PTV also serves some victims of female genital mutilation. The challenges that these women face are unimaginable. Fortunately, most of PTV's staff consists of extremely talented, professional, and sympathetic women. PTV staff told me that many clients, especially women, had to flee their countries alone. They had to leave their famlies temporarily. Sadly, it can take a long time until the rest of the family can make it to the United States. PTV staff helps, psychologically and financially, in these times of need. Mothers and their children have support from PTV after the years of separation. I can't say enough about the amazing work of this organization. They are a small but very effective family. I feel honored to be a part of their community!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I babysit for the child of a client while the client was in therapy, I saw the difference in the client's demeanor from the time she came into the office and the time she left. It seemed as though a huge weight had been lifted off her shoulders

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning from the staff and other volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped assemble their spring newsletter, I babysat for the child of a client while the client was in a therapy session, and I helped give information about PTV at a community health fair.