There are 1.3 million torture survivors living in the United States. More than 35,000 adult and child torture survivors reside in San Diego County. Most were tortured because of their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, political viewpoints or defense of human rights.
Since 1997, Survivors of Torture, International has served and cared for more than 2,000 men, women and children who have fled from over 80 different countries where torture is prevalent. As the only accredited torture treatment center in San Diego County, Survivors has provided services to 1,217 unduplicated torture survivors and their families, who came from over 60 countries and spoke 67 different languages and dialects over the past five years. Last year, Survivors served 502 unduplicated clients. More than half of them were under the age of 17 years old.
Many of today’s torture survivors have lost their homes, family members, friends, possessions, professions and more. Many have also lost hope. Here is one story of hope lost, regained and success. Henok is a former client of Survivors. This is Henok’s story:
To read Henok's story and the Live Well San Diego newsletter's article, please click here.