In New York City, survivors of torture are all around us.  They are far from home and unable to find the help they need.  At the Program for Survivors of Torture, we treat the whole person-the physical, emotional, and social aspects of health.  We support survivors through all the challenges necessary to rebuild lives devastated by torture.

The Program envisions a world where victims of torture and other horrific human rights abuses are able to receive the compassionate, comprehensive care and support needed to lead healthy and self-sufficient lives in the United States.

Since its inception in 1995, the Program has provided comprehensive medical and mental health care, as well as social and legal services, to more than 4,000 survivors and their family members from more than 100 countries.

The Program has an international reputation for excellence in our clinical, educational, and research activities, and contributes knowledge and testimony to global efforts to end torture.

May 8th, 2015

Dear friends,

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal and those in our PSOT community affected by the earthquake in Nepal.  As the international community rushes to respond to this tragedy, we are mindful of the fact that those affected will require aid and support for years to come.  We are circulating a petition, found here, to designate Nepal as a country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases are not removable from the United States, can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD), and may be granted travel authorization.

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Warm regards,

Allen Keller, MD
Program Director

Shannon Miller, MPA
Director of Operations