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Program for Torture Victims

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Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Victims Services

Mission: PTV is a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate the suffering and health consequences of torture through psychological, medical, legal, and case management services to victims of state-sponsored torture.

Results: After receiving services from PTV, our research shows that clients improve their mental and physical health, are able to re-enter society and the workforce, and participate more in their local communities.

Target demographics: PTV alleviates the suffering and health consequences of state-sponsored torture among refugees and asylum-seekers in the greater Los Angeles area. The organization has helped rebuild the lives of thousands of torture survivors from over 65 nations.

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Program for Torture Victims (PTV) is one-of-a-kind in Los Angeles and in the United States. PTV is the pioneer organization in the United States for torture treatment. PTV has served clients nationally and internationally for over 30 years. PTV's staff are experts in the field of medicine, psychology and forensic services and their expertise is an asset to their clients receiving asylum. In the eight months I have been involved with PTV I have seen the great impact the organization has had on individual clients, their families and the community of Los Angeles. For example, PTV was able to raise funds to reconnect a client with their family after years of separation. PTV has a small staff that has a large impact. Clients and their families who come to PTV receive services, support and regain a sense of hope for their future.