PTV assists the courageous survivors of torture and persecution who flee to the U.S. for protection and a second chance. As the pioneers of torture rehabilitation, we help heal the physical and psychological wounds and provide survivors with just about everything needed to start a new life here in the U.S.
Many of our clients have applied for political asylum in the United States, but until asylum is granted – a process that can take years – these survivors cannot work or obtain assistance. Without income, survivors struggle to meet basic needs such as food, housing and medical care. PTV literally is their lifeline.
MEDICAL & DENTAL CARE
Our clients see a PTV primary care physician who specializes in trauma. When specialists 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 free dental care through our partnership with the USC Dental Clinic.
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 client support groups that create a sense of community, encourage peer support, and help them become spokespeople against torture.
LEGAL SUPPORT & TRAINING
PTV works with an extensive network of pro bono and low-cost attorneys to ensure high-quality legal assistance for our clients. Our staff provides training to attorneys, judges, U.S. Immigration staff, and legal groups; and conducts forensic medical and psychological evaluations and serves as expert witnesses for asylum cases in federal immigration proceedings.
PTV is a rich resource for research information on torture survivors. Over the last decade, we have created the largest database in the United States. These valuable data on torture survivors serves as a resource for the United Nations, the U.S. government, think-tanks and lawmakers to address policy issues related to torture, migration due to political violence, and the asylum process.
EDUCATION & ADVOCACY
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.