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Transgender Reality is Far From The Glamous Spotlight

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Survivor Stories

  When the Olympian and reality TV star formerly known as Bruce Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in June under the new identity of Caitlyn, it may have seemed that the world was opening the door toward a greater public acceptance and understanding of what it means to be transgender. However, for many transgender people, particularly those in countries with conservative social cultures, the reality of their experiences is far from the glamour of an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot. Los Angeles has the largest population of asylum seekers and refugees in the United States, including...

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Young Physician Jailed for Reporting 30 Cases of Rape

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Featured

  Meet Mukadi, Torture Survivor from the DRC Dr. Mukadi Papy was a first-year physician at a clinic in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), when he discovered at least 30 cases of women who had all been raped and brutalized by DRC soldiers. All these women sought treatment for pelvic pain and displayed similar symptoms, and when he spoke to them about their medical history he learned about the sexual violence. Against the advice of fellow physicians and hospital colleagues who advised the young physician not to risk his new position at the hospital, Dr. Papy collected...

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She Fell Victim To A Common Custom In Her Country: Bride-Kidnapping

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Ayana, Gender Violence Survivor From Kyrgyzstan Ayana was determined not to become one of 40% of ethnic Kyrgyz women married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. In some towns and villages, when a Kyrgyz man decides to marry, he often violently abducts the woman he has chosen. Anaya was a high school student who attended boarding school outside of her home town. She returned for the holidays and fell victim to a common custom in her country, namely the kidnapping of women who are then forced to marry. “Kyrgyzstan woman have no right to protest, they have no...

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Human Rights Day and Release of Senate Intelligence Committee Report Summary Calls for an American Re-Commitment as World Leader of Human Rights

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in news

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sophie Westacott 917-698-9417 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AND RELEASE OF SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE REPORT SUMMARY CALLS FOR AN AMERICAN RE-COMMITMENT AS A WORLD LEADER OF HUMAN RIGHTS Los Angeles, CA – Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The Program for Torture Victims (PTV) today released the following statement in response to the public release of the executive summary of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s historic and bipartisan report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) former detention and interrogation program: PTV...

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22 Year-Old Engineering Student Was Abducted By The Belarus Secret Police

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Sergei, Torture Survivor from Belarus Sergei’s mother received a phone call after her son visited the prosecutor’s office in Minsk to file a complaint outlining his detention and torture by the Belarus secret police. The anonymous caller told her that her son would die unless he withdrew his complaint. You see, just a month earlier, Sergei, a bright 22 year-old engineering student was abducted by the Belarus secret police at a peaceful rally to protest tyranny and corruption in his country. He helped organize a social media campaign that gathered more than 2000 people in the...

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