Center for Victims of Torture, The

Center for Victims of Torture, The (1985; St. Paul MN + 5 local offices; ~135 staff;

Founded by Rudy Perpich, former Governor of Minnesota, CVT is the world’s largest organization specializing in rehabilitative care for survivors of torture in the US, Africa, and Middle East (44% of refugees living in the US are torture survivors—some 1.3 million people). In addition to rehabilitation of victims, CVT advocates for their rights, and has a program on “New Tactics in Human Rights”.  Provided services to ~24K people in 2016. Partners with 39 US and 6 international organizations.


  • Healing of torture victims
  • Training for health workers
  • Research on torture related topics
  • Advocacy against torture
  • Giving victims a voice


Leadership: Curt Goering (Executive Director), Ruth Barrett-Rendler (Deputy Director)

Budget: ~$18m (2017)

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