THE PUBLIC EDUCTION PROGRAM of the CCVT responds to the numerous requests the Centre receives for information, assistance and consultations on torture and the effects of torture as well as regularly producing publications such as First Light for use as resource material and to raise awareness and sensitivity to the particular unique needs of survivors of torture. The Centre answers individual inquiries form community groups, students, researchers, and professionals. They conduct numerous seminars and workshops, particularly for those working with survivors of torture as well as attend and present at conferences both nationally and internationally. Associated members of the CCVT carry out public education as well. Many conduct research in partnership with educational institutions such as University of Toronto and York University, publish in academic journals and the popular media, and speak publicly on torture related issues. The CCVT works closely with Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), refugee law offices and the UNHCR, as well as various university faculties such as Social Work, Medicine and Law.
The CCVT is concerned with expanding the network of social service agencies that can provide survivors of torture with much needed assistance. They are a member of many of the local and national groups working with refugees and newcomers, such as the Toronto Refugee Affairs Council, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Canadian Council for Refugees, Canadian Network for the Health of Survivors of Torture and Organized Violence and are accredited to the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) The CCVT also is an active participant in efforts to promote and encourage government policies to meet the unique needs of survivors of torture and their families in Canada.
Kemi Jacobs, Board Member
Marina Nemat, Board Member
Mulugeta Abai, Executive Director
Ezat Mossallanejad, Policy Analyst
Mbalu Lumor, Manager, Community Engagement
Teresa Dremetsikas, Programs Manager
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