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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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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing organizations doing some of the most difficult, rewarding work in Los Angeles. On a shoe-string budget, they manage to help hundreds of clients with medical, social, psychological, legal, and any other kind of support needed to start their new lives. Please consider donating. --Arun Baheti


Board Member

Rating: 5

PTV started 30 years ago as a volunteer organization by two people who simply wanted to help survivors of torture. This humanitarian spirit is at the core of PTV today. The staff and volunteers at PTV are wonderful, dedicated, talented people who give amazingly of themselves. The need to serve the organization's wonderful clients is becoming more and more demanding and more and more resources are needed to serve this population. We have just hired a great leader in the Executive Director position, Julie Gutman, and we are excited for Julie and everyone else at PTV to help raise the visibility of the organization with the goal of developing more resources.