2019 Annual Benefit

May 2, 2019

 Kimmel Center at New York University.

Presenting our new

Program Director -

Dr. Hawthorne Smith

TORTURE SURVIVORS HAVE BEEN...

​Persecuted for peaceful political or social activities

Suffering because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation

Subjected to war trauma 

Forced from conflict torn communities

How you can help

Your contribution will ensure that our clients receive the medical, mental health and social services they need.

We rely on our passionate, dedicated team of interns, volunteers,

and interpreters.

CLIENT DEMOGRAPHICS

Commonly cited reasons for persecution:

participation in peaceful political/social activities (51%)

religion (11%)

ethnicity (12%)

family members (2%) 

and gender or sexual orientation (4%)

Commonly cited torture methods:

beatings (70%)
witnessing torture or murder of others including relatives (60%)
rape or sexual assault (25%)
mock executions or death threats (20%)
suspension in painful positions (20%)
deprivation of food and water (20%)

35%

65%

Muslim

35%

30%

Christian

30%

Buddhist

5%

Other

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