SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Who We Treat

Types of Trauma

PSOT serves people who have endured trauma outside of the United States. You may be eligible for services if you have experienced one or more of the types of trauma of the below:

  • Torture as defined by the United Nations Convention Against Torture and the Torture Victims Relief Act 

  • IPV and/or DV with no recourse

  • Gender based violence including but not limited to FGC/M or forced marriage

  • Persecution by family or other individuals based on: gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a social group

  • Gang violence

Legal Status

PSOT prioritizes those who are applying for or intend to apply for asylum.

Other eligible legal statuses include:

  • Asylees or persons granted withholding of removal

  • Permanent Residents (based on Asylum claim)

  • Refugees

  • Naturalized citizens (post-Asylum)

  • Undocumented persons

 

Age and Catchment Area

PSOT only accepts individuals who are 18 years or older and who live in New York City (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan), or elsewhere in NY State.

New Jersey residents are also eligible, but due to State Licensure Requirements, they must receive all services on-site.

Services

Bellevue PSOT provides medical, psychological, social, and legal services.

Please note that if you are looking for only one or two of those services, you may be advised to seek services from an affiliated community-based organization that focuses on your area of need. 

Asylum / Immigration Services

 

We do not retain attorneys on staff - our expertise is limited to providing expert documentation and working in conjunction with an individual's legal representative.

 

Applicants are not required to have a lawyer before joining PSOT. We will provide referrals.

 

For those who have already applied for asylum, the date of Final Individual Merits Hearing should be at least 6 months away in order for us to provide adequate expert documentation.

Billing & Insurance

Visits with clinicians are subject to billing as a part of the Bellevue Hospital and are compatible with insurance plans. There are no separate consultation fees for our program.

Billable clinical visits include group therapy, individual therapy, clinical assessments (i.e. intake interview), medical services (primary care and sub-specialties), and psychiatric consultations.

 

Visits with no associated fees include Consultations, Legal Services, and Social Services.

Through Bellevue, we have resources to help our clients apply for Medicaid and there are reasonable options for those who are unemployed and/or ineligible for insurance coverage due to their immigration status. 

For more information on Bellevue's medical billing policy and a list of accepted insurance plans, please click here

If you or someone you know is a torture survivor who has urgent medical or psychological needs, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you are interested in becoming or referring a client, please contact us at info@survivorsoftorture.org.

We do our best to respond to inquiries within 2 weeks.

Download a copy of our "What is Asylum?" informational poster, translated to French, Spanish and English, to learn more about the current process guidelines to make a case for asylum.

What Is Asylum?

Screen Shot 2019-07-25 at 12.36.22 PM.pn