Help Survivors of Torture this Holiday Season

by Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT)


It's not easy to talk about torture, let's face it. But there are people out there who have suffered human rights abuses who need your help. ASTT offers a unique combination of services to get survivors of torture back on their feet. We've assisted over 5,100 people from more than 80 countries. This project will enable those we serve to continue to receive the vital services they need through the holidays and beyond.

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There are over 500,000 survivors of torture in the US and the number is growing. These individuals suffered at the hands of their governments for their ethnic, religious or social views or for their gender. They struggle daily with poverty and hunger, emotional and physical wounds, separation from loved ones and children, language and cultural barriers and isolation. At this time, over 90% of those we help come from countries in Africa, where governments there are known for using torture.


The project offers services from social workers who connect clients with food, housing and language classes and psychologists who offer counseling to survivors of torture, including individual and group therapy sessions. Whether someone needs three months or three years of help, we stay with them every step of the way. We help clients set goals and provide a road map for how to reach them.

Long-Term Impact

When you donate to help torture survivors, you are making a charitable donation that literally changes peoples' lives. But did you know that your support is also an investment in a better society? 96% of our clients become employed, 80% return to school and 55% enter such helping professions as health care, teaching and coaching. Instead of draining the system, they contribute to it. The project helps 200 people each year to emerge from devastating circumstances and poverty.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT)

Location: Baltimore, Maryland - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @asttorg
Madeline Vadkerty
Project Leader:
Madeline Vadkerty
Baltimore, Maryland United States
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