The Program for Torture Victims (PTV) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that rebuilds the lives of torture survivors from over 65 countries who have stood up for freedom, democracy, and human dignity. The first organization of its kind in the country, PTV has helped heal the wounds of thousands of survivors through comprehensive services, empowering them to reenter society, reclaim their identities, and work toward a world without torture.
PTV provides services to more than 300 survivors annually. Survivors learn about the PTV through word of mouth, immigration attorneys, or social service agencies. We also initiate outreach programs to some of the most traumatized and vulnerable communities in the region.
The Program for Torture Victims (PTV) has developed an integrated, comprehensive approach to rehabilitation. Our clients see a PTV case manager, physician and psychotherapist. We partner with some of the region’s leading service providers, including the Venice Family Clinic, Clinica Oscar Romero, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Public Counsel, among others.
MEDICAL EVALUATION & TREATMENT
Our clients see a PTV physician. When specialized procedures are needed, we utilize the network we have created at the Venice Family Clinic and other local health care organizations at no cost to the client. PTV also offers ongoing consultation and trains health and mental health care providers on treating survivors of torture.
PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION & COUNSELING
PTV uses an integrated approach to rehabilitation that addresses the needs of torture survivors. This includes psychological evaluation, individual and family psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and follow-up, and psychological affidavits for asylum seekers in immigration court.
SOCIAL SERVICES & HEALING GROUPS
PTV provides emergency assistance with referrals for temporary shelter, food and other basic needs, as well as support in finding permanent housing and good jobs. We have also established support groups that create a sense of community for clients, address their various needs and help them become spokespeople against torture.
LEGAL SUPPORT & TRAINING
PTV works with an extensive network of attorneys to ensure high-quality legal assistance for our clients. Our staff provides training to attorneys and legal groups, conducts forensic medical and psychological evaluations and serves as expert witnesses for asylum cases in federal immigration proceedings.
RESEARCH & EVALUATION
PTV is a rich resource for research information on torture survivors. We house the largest database of torture survivors information in the U.S. containing valuable information on demographics and treatment outcomes. We are working to create a powerful resource for lawmakers and advocacy organizations to improve the asylum process through better public policy.
PUBLIC EDUCATION, ADVOCACY & POLICY
PTV initiates public programs to educate the general public about the use of torture worldwide and its consequences for individuals and society. We also engage elected officials and policymakers in efforts to combat torture and advocate for resources to facilitate the healing of torture survivors and their families.