According to the United Nations, a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. He or she has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. A refugee cannot go home or is afraid to do so.
Why we do it

For survivors of torture,
the decision to flee their country is not a choice

it is often the only way to save their own life and that of their family.
It’s a decision forced on them by circumstance, under conditions of extreme duress.


It is shocking to associate children with torture. But it is a reality that many young people around the world suffer from oppression, war and violence, both directly and indirectly.


At times of conflict and violence, adolescence is no more than an abstract concept. Wars put an early end to childhood.


The longer you’ve lived in one culture, the tougher it is to settle into another. Refugees who are seniors have a particularly difficult time adjusting to their new home.


Women are particulary vulnerable at times of conflict. Whether in prison or in their homes, they are in danger of torture in the form of organized rape and other sexual violence.


Anxiety, depression, irritability, paranoia, guilt, suspiciousness, sexual dysfunction, loss of concentration, confusion, insomnia, nightmares, impaired memory, and memory loss.

CCVT aims at providing services to all those impacted through specialized services such as youth programs, women specific groups and more.


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Public Education & Newsletters

Volunteers deliver presentations and workshops, help out at career/volunteer fairs, and attend other events to increase CCVT’s visibility.

Find the Connections – the Volunteer Newsletter
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