Our Programs


As the pioneer in torture rehabilitation, PTV has developed an integrated and successful approach to healing survivors. More than 80% of our survivors have untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due their the violence they or their family endured. Our mental health program includes individual and family psychotherapy, psychological evaluation, psychiatric evaluation and follow-up care.

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Most of our survivors are not eligible for government or workplace health insurance during their first year in the United States. PTV provides immediate medical care by physicians who specialize in trauma at our PTV Human Rights Health Clinic at USC Eisner. When specialists are needed, we utilize the network we have created at the USC Eisner Family Medical Center, California Hospital or at other local health care organizations regardless of access to health coverage. PTV also offers emergency or trauma-related dental care through our partnership with the USC Dental Clinic.



PTV works with an extensive network of attorneys and legal aid organizations to ensure high-quality legal assistance for our clients. Our staff conducts forensic medical and psychological evaluations, serves as expert witnesses for asylum cases in federal immigration proceedings, and for human rights or war crimes trials in international courts. Additionally, we provide training to attorneys, federal immigration officers and judges.



Our holistic and integrated approach to healing also includes massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, art therapy, and theatre, which are provided through our innovative partnerships with local teaching institutions or by dedicated volunteer professionals.



PTV provides basic needs such as emergency cash assistance, food, clothing, as well as linkages to permanent housing and employment. Our peer support groups create a sense of community for clients, allow them to share experiences, and empower them to become spokespeople against the use of torture.



PTV initiates public programs to educate the general public about the global use of government-sponsored torture and persecution and its consequences for individuals and society. We also engage elected officials and policymakers in efforts to identify and combat human rights abuses, and advocate for resources to facilitate the healing of survivors and to reunite them with their families.