Many of our clients have applied for political asylum in the United States, but most cannot work or obtain assistance for their first year in the US. PTV becomes their lifeline.

In recent years, we have seen an increasing amount of families depending on us for food and other basic necessities. Though PTV receives some grant funding for our direct services, we rely on individual donations to help provide emergency aid to clients in need.

Thank you for considering a gift to help survivors of torture heal and find renewal.


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Client Emergency Fund

Client Emergency Fund

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– Grocery Stores
– Department Stores
– Office Supply Stores

– Bags of Uncooked Rice/Beans
– Canned Vegetables
– Personal Toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo)

– Including monitors, computer, mouse/keyboards/other accessories

If you wish to donate one of the above needed goods or have any other questions regarding in-kind donations, please contact Tara at or by phone at 213-384-4788 x 246.

Other Ways To Give


Do you shop at Ralphs or Kroger? You can support PTV without even donating! Follow these instructions to create an account with Kroger and order or register your Kroger Plus Card and link it to Program for Torture Victims. Then, whenever you shop with that card, you generate rewards that go directly to PTV!

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Please help a survivor of torture or persecution by donating your car or boat to help today! If your vehicle is valued at $3000 or more and has no liens, call the Donor Relations Department at 213-384-4788 ext 234 for assistance.

Want to support a PTV client for the holidays or fundraise for a particular PTV project or Special Fund (Women’s, Journalist or LGBT)? Then get it crowdfunded through your friends using the JustGiving website.

Create a page using our crowdfunding service here!

Make a donation to the Program for Torture Victims via check by downloading and printing our Pledge card and mail back to us.

A gift of stock or mutual funds can be a great way to maximize tax savings while helping rebuild the lives of torture survivors. If you wish to make contributions of stock to PTV, you or your financial advisor can contact our Donor Relations Department at 213-384-4788 ext 234.

With a planned gift to PTV, you can combine your desire to help torture survivors with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. Whether through a bequest in your will or trust or as a designated beneficiary of your 401k or other retirement plan, a planned giving gives you a special connection with PTV as a member of our Legacy Circle. You will help those refugees who have fled human rights abuses — now and for years to come. For more information, please contact us at or call 213-384-4788 or have your financial advisor or attorney let us know by completing a Legacy Circle Declaration of Support.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Please ask your employer’s HR department for more information about their matching gift program. If your company has a matching gift program and you would like to double the impact of your gift, please contact us at or call 213-384-4788 x 234. We can help with the paperwork and mail it on your behalf.

Every time you make a purchase online through Amazon Smile, Amazon will take 0.5% of your total purchase and make a donation to the Program for Torture Victims at no additional cost to you! Amazon Smile works exactly like the regular Amazon with all the same great products, but with the added benefit of being able to give back.  All you have to do is set up a free account by going to , add Program for Torture Victims your charity, and start shopping!


Change the world with your time, skills, and talents.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Program for Torture Victims (PTV). Volunteers can make a meaningful difference at PTV and for the survivors and clients we serve by contributing their professional skills, helping with daily administrative tasks, organizing food and clothing drives, or assisting with events. For additional ways you can give back to PTV and our clients, please click here.

Due to staff capacity constraints, PTV cannot take on new volunteers at this time. But please check check this page again in the future, or subscribe to our newsletter to be updated on what opportunities may arise.

We believe that the healing power of touch can work wonders, especially for those whose bodies bear the scars of violence. PTV is looking for volunteers and partners with professional massage or chiropractic experience to work with clients. Email to find out more.

Human Dignity Awards Dinner Host Committee Member

In September, PTV will hold its annual Human Dignity Awards Dinner. If you would like to introduce the event to your circle of friends and commit to selling a minimum of 10 tickets, then contact

Food Drive Coordinator

Most of our clients cannot get work authorization for the first 9 months in the United States due to a significant backlog of asylum cases. PTV’s food bank provides emergency food and toiletries for our clients that have little or no income. Our food bank does not receive government subsidies, therefore it is completely driven by the generosity of the community. PTV is looking for a part-time volunteer to help identify and coordinate food drives in and around the Los Angeles area. For more information, please email

Film Student/Video Producer

Help PTV create videos about or survivors, our donors and our work! If you have a camera, editing software and some talent contact

Graphic Designer (Adobe)

Help PTV create brochures, flyers and other material. If you have design flair and experience with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop software contact

Website Volunteer (WordPress)

Help PTV with updating its website. If you know your way around WordPress, contact

Faith Community Coordinator

Help PTV reach out to the faith community and get commitments for general support, client emergency funds or sponsoring an adopt-a refugee program during the holidays. Please contact

Professional Volunteers

PTV is in need of skilled medical, therapeutic, legal and other professionals such as psychiatrists, dentists, attorneys, massage therapists and acupuncturists. For professionals who would like to donate their time working with survivors of torture, please email to find out more about our professional volunteer program.


Development Volunteer Intern 

Currently Unavailable.

Masters in Social Work Intern

Currently Unavailable.

Board of Directors

PTV is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board guides mission development, fundraises and supports strategic planning initiatives for the organization. In return, PTV provides training and leadership opportunities. If you are interested in Board service, please email Trip Oldfield at

Corporate Sponsorship

If you are interested in Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Program for Torture Victims’ Admin Assistant Daniel Lee.

Phone: 213-384-4788 x252