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.
To refer a client, please call our case manager, (213) 747-4944 ext 252. If you are an attorney and would like to refer a client, please download the PTV Attorney Referral Form and fax it to PTV at (213)747-4662.
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 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 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. Over the last decade, we have created the largest database in the United States. These valuable data on treatment outcomes for torture survivors serves as a resource for think-tanks and lawmakers to address policy issues related to 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.