An increasing number of individuals who are victimized by torture in their homelands are currently re-settling their lives in Vermont and the greater New England area. The impact of such torture can be far-reaching, not only affecting individuals who have directly experienced trauma but extended families and communities within which these individuals exist. Failing to adequately address these issues can lead to re-traumatization, poverty, discrimination, and unsuccessful reintegration.
Connecting Cultures is a direct partnership between psychological and social work services (Vermont Psychological Services), legal services (Vermont Immigration Assistance of the Vermont Law School), and physical therapy services (DeePT). Our goal is to provide survivors of torture with holistic, integrated, and effective services in a culturally relevant, client-centered context.