The UN describes the act of torture as, "[seeking] to annihilate the victim’s personality and [denying] the inherent dignity of the human being."
Though today is technically the UN International Day for Victims of Torture, our Program refers to our clients as Survivors. Despite having experienced the unthinkable, they have survived these tragedies and persisted. We believe in empowering our clients through actions as well as through words.
The Program for Survivors of Torture is dedicated to supporting our clients in all areas of assistance. The majority of our clients have suffered traumatic events and are asylum applicants. We know that it is of the utmost importance to help our clients receive the help that they need to live a sufficient and sustainable life.
Here are some ways in which we support our clients, today and everyday:
Every Monday hold our clinic so that all PSOT clients can address their medical needs. We provide general medical, psychiatric and psychological services.
We are fortunate enough to partner with sub-specialty clinics such as NYU Dental School, Bellevue Dermatology, Orthopedics, Neurology, Rehabilitative Medicine, Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery.
Every day of the week we support our clients' legal needs by providing referrals, representation and guidance. When appropriate, PSOT clinicians provide medical and psychological affidavits for clients seeking asylum, and often testify on their behalf.
Additionally, once clients have received asylum we help them with work authorization, family reunification, Permanent Legal Residence and citizenship applications.
Our social services team ensures that our survivors can find the resources that they need to return to a stable self-sufficient life. Our team has connected our clients with ESL and educational resources, food access, clothing donations, stable housing and public benefits (including Medicaid for eligible clients).
We are proud to support our strong resilient survivors. Being that we are a program that helps survivors of torture we heavily condone acts of torture and disagree with all torture tactics.