Research from the Center for Victims of Torture suggests that as many as 44% of refugees in the United States are torture survivors. A program of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, the Marjorie Kovler Center supports many of these individuals — specifically those who endured politically-sanctioned torture. By connecting survivors from over 77 countries with medical and social services, the center aims to empower survivors to “regain independence and personal integrity.” Joining Worldview is Surita Sandosham, executive director of Heartland Alliance International, Mario Gonzalez, senior director of the Marjorie Kovler Center, and Maimot Kabwe, a torture survivor from Democratic Republic of the Congo. They explain how the center’s work has evolved in the over 30 years since its inception, as well as its impact on individuals’ lives.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give the Keynote Address at the Kovler Center’s Power of Healing Awards Celebration on Tuesday, May 18, 2019, 6 p.m., at The Palmer House, 17 East Monroe St.