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Learn from PSOT's Providers

Newly developed training videos will teach you the fundamentals of how to care for torture survivors. 

Like a Refugee Camp On First Avenue

Published by PSOT in 2007, this book addresses contextual issues as well as treatment and service provision issues. Edited by Hawthorne E. Smith, Ph.D., Allen S. Keller, M.D., and Dechen W. Lhewa, M.A.

This web site provides information on helping survivors heal. Resources are categorized so health and mental health providers, teachers, students, and others can easily find information.


Roadmap to Evaluation on

This digitally curated evaluation resource serves as a step-by-step guide for torture rehabilitation centers that are at all stages of working with data, from setting up an evaluation system to reporting on measured outcomes.


National Consortium of Torture Treatment Providers (NCTTP)

NCTTP is a U.S.-based network of programs that advances knowledge, technical capacities, and resources devoted to the care of torture survivors living in the United States. The consortium acts collectively to prevent torture worldwide.


International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

The IRCT is the umbrella for more than 140 independent torture rehabilitation programs in over 70 countries. The organization provides rehabilitation services to torture survivors, promotes justice for survivors, and raises awareness on the issue of torture among policy-makers and citizens.

Society for Emotional Well-Being Worldwide (SEWW)

SEWW is dedicated to expanding access to mental healthcare by providing knowledge and information on Global Mental Health particularly in resource-poor settings. SEWW facilitates networking, information exchange, and collaboration through it's Web-based platform to strengthen the mental health workforce and enhance the lives of those in need of mental health.

Doctors Who Torture
The purpose of this site is to show and promote progress in encouraging physicians, courts, and medical licensing boards to be more active in the movement to end torture. Doctors Who Torture has a number of resources including text of major standards by international medical groups and the United Nations that can be used as standards for holding physicians accountable; countries where physicians have assisted torture at any time after World War II; examples of how some countries or international courts have held doctors accountable for torture; and links to organizations that compile reports within which discussions of physician complicity for torture can be found.


Torture Survivors: What to ask, how to document (PDF)
This article in the Journal of Family Practice (April 2012) provides practical information for primary care providers to help them better identify survivors of torture, assess and document consequent morbidities and refer them to appropriate treatment programs. The article was written by Steven H. Miles, M.D., CVT board member, and Rosa E. Garcia-Peltoniemi, PhD, LP, senior consulting clinician at CVT.


Forensic Examination Missions by Medical Teams Investigating and Documenting Alleged Cases of Torture

This operational manual is published by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and is available to download free in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.


The Istanbul Protocol
The Istanbul Protocol contains international recognized standards and procedures for recognizing and documenting symptoms of torture so the documentation may serve as evidence in court.  The protocol provides guidance for health professional and lawyers who want to investigate whether or not a person has been tortured and report the findings to the judiciary and other investigative bodies.


Declaration of Tokyo, World Medical Association
This declaration by the World Medical Association condemns medical participation in torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. It serves as a template for many medical codes.


U.S. State Department Human Rights Reports
The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
The special rapporteur is an expert appointed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to examine questions relevant to torture.

Careers at PSOT

The people at PSOT are committed to working toward a world without torture, a world where every human being is treated with dignity and respect. If you are interested in meaningful work, being part of a team with energetic and creative colleagues, and advancing human rights globally, check our list of professional opportunities regularly 

for openings.

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