Staff at the Program for Torture Victims are at the cutting edge of research and service provision.

Research is a fundamentally important component of treating survivors of torture because it provides up-to-date information on treatment approaches, opportunities to improve services, as well as a greater understanding of survivor’s needs. We have created an extensive database and are working to create a powerful resource for lawmakers to address policy issues related to the asylum process.Research conducted by the Program for Torture Victims helps improve PTV physicians and other torture treatment centers nationally and internationally.

In addition, publications by PTV staff provide important educational, training, and advocacy materials, that are used world-wide by physicians, service providers, and working professionals to document and better understand the affects of torture on the individual and society.


We highly recommend that your reading begin with this desk study and interview:


Torture Journal

 Volume 15, No. 2-3, 2005, ISSN 1018-8185

 Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

ISSN (Online): 1997-3322

Key title: Torture (Online)
Abbreviated key title: Torture (Online)

ISSN (Print): ISSN 1018-8185


Politically-motivated torture and its survivors (PDF, Adobe Acrobat file, 826 KB)

A desk study review of the literature

Jose Quiroga and James M. Jaranson


Refugee Transitions

April 2012, a publication by STARTTS (Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors,

Interview with Dr. Jose Quiroga, Page 19