Center for Victims of Tortures Atlanta Office Relocates to Clarkston, The Most Diverse Square Mile in America

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ATLANTA — The Center for Victims of TortureTM (CVT) today announced it has opened its doors in Clarkston, relocating from its former home in the Northlake neighborhood, where since 2016 it has offered rehabilitative care to asylum seekers and refugees who survived torture.

Relocating to Clarkston is an important next step in our Atlanta work, because we are now more easily accessible to the communities we serve in Georgia,” said Curt Goering, CVT’s executive director, in acknowledgment of the vibrant refugee community in Clarkston, where nearly 32 percent of the population was born outside the U.S.

CVT’s Clarkston location is a house which has been adapted to meet our clients’ needs, offering comfortable surroundings and abundant natural light, similar to CVT’s Healing Center in St. Paul. See images of CVT Atlanta here.

CVT Atlanta’s model of holistic care incorporates psychotherapy, clinical case management and professional interpretation to address the unique needs of clients in a safe, therapeutic space. In 2017, CVT Atlanta extended rehabilitative care to 59 clients from many countries, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Somalia. See our CVT Atlanta infographic here.

“Situating our healing center in the heart of the refugee community will increase access to the intensive torture rehabilitation services we provide, and will limit various barriers that prevent clients from accessing our services, such as lack of transportation,” said Dr. Adaobi Iheduru, licensed psychologist and team lead for CVT Atlanta. “It also immerses us in the community of our clients, providing us a different lens from which to view their lives and daily experiences. Our new space will reflect a home-like setting that will be more welcoming and warm, creating a safe space for our clients as they journey through their healing process.”

CVT also works to support human rights and the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, engaging in policy advocacy to enable clients to rebuild their lives and restore their hope after surviving torture. Filling a newly-created role in our Atlanta office, Darlene Lynch joined CVT’s Atlanta staff in February as head of external relations, focusing on advocacy and development initiatives which in turn empower clients who are taking the healing journey in the state of Georgia.

“We know that up to 44 percent of refugees are torture survivors, but torture is a hidden problem in our state,” said Lynch. “Survivors are often afraid to come forward, and today's anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies create greater disincentives. Through my position with CVT, I hope to increase awareness of the impact of torture on refugees and others in Georgia and ensure that our state is a welcoming place where they can rebuild healthy and productive lives.”

CVT’s healing program in Atlanta is made possible through funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and services are provided at no cost to the clients.


The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with offices in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C.; and healing initiatives in Africa

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