Human Services

Survivors of Torture, International

Building a Community of Healing for Torture Survivors

San Diego, CA   |  www.notorture.org

Mission

SURVIVORS exists to: - Facilitate the healing of torture survivors and their families; - Educate professionals and the public about torture and its consequences; - Advocate for the abolition of torture.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Ms. Kathi Anderson

Main address

PO Box 151240

San Diego, CA 92175 USA

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EIN

33-0743869

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Victims' Services (P62)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS) was incorporated in February 1997 in response to a need in our community to bring assistance to an underserved population who was struggling with the wounds of politically-motivated torture. It is now estimated that at least 35,000 survivors of torture live in San Diego County and 1.3 million live in the United States. Torture survivors may be left with lifelong physical and mental health problems if not treated by trained professionals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Services for Survivors of Torture

SURVIVORS is a one-program organization offering, either directly or through contracted service providers, a wide variety of services to help survivors of torture in San Diego County. All services are offered at no cost to the survivors. Our program includes: Forensic Documentation for Asylum Seeking Clients. SURVIVORS has a network of clinicians and physicians who meet with asylum-seeking torture survivors to conduct evaluations of the physical and psychological consequences of the torture they have suffered. Therapists and/or physicians then submit written affidavits to the clients' attorneys for presentation to the immigration court. Psychotherapy. Common aftereffects of torture include depression, sleep disorders, guilt, detachment, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. SURVIVORS gives its clients access to a variety of therapeutic approaches, including individual and family therapy, crisis counseling; and support groups. Medical Care. SURVIVORS arranges access to services that include medical evaluations and treatment; restorative dental and vision care; psychiatric evaluations, and medication; chiropractic care; acupuncture; and physical and occupational therapy. Interpretation Services. SURVIVORS has screened and trained a network of interpreters who collectively speak over 40 languages. Social Services Case Management. SURVIVORS arranges transportation (via volunteer drivers and public transit passes) and supplies basic hygiene items, and linkages to food and clothing. Other social services include a Healing Club that provides organized group activities and a Friendship Circle that links clients with volunteers. Professional Training. SURVIVORS' staff members instruct affiliated agency professionals on the effects of torture on individuals, the needs of torture survivors, how to address vicarious trauma, and related topics. Advocacy and Education. SURVIVORS advocates on behalf of torture survivors on local, state, and national levels.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Budget
$1,563,664

Where we work

Awards

For Promoting Access to Justice for Immigrants in San Diego 2013

American Bar Association Immigration Justice Project

For Outstanding Work in the Global Fight Against Torture Jim Jaranson, Board Member, Survivors of Torture, International 2012

Inge Genefke Award

Local Hero Award: Cultural Diversity, Women’s History Month, to Kathi Anderson, Executive Director of SURVIVORS 2011

KPBS and Union Bank

Global Awareness Award 2009

San Diego Peace Corps Association Supporting Peace Corps Goals in the San Diego Community

Community Champions Award Kathi Anderson, Executive Director of Survivors of Torture, International 2009

Molina Healthcare

Distinguished Organization of The Year 2017

San Diego County Bar Associaiton

Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Award 2019

Live Well San Diego

Advancing the System of Care Principles Award 2018

County of San Diego Children, Youth and Families System of Care Training Academy

Commitment to Social Justice Award 2018

Network for Social Work Management

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Part of SURVIVORS' mission is to educate the public about torture and its consequences. SURVIVORS representatives hold public tours of the offices, train professionals, and speak at community events.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Years reflect SURVIVORS' fiscal year, October 1 to September 30.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SURVIVORS trains professionals, students, and community members about torture and its consequences.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Services for Survivors of Torture

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SURVIVORS has served more than 2,000 torture survivors and more tan 1,000 newcomer youth since it opened in 1997.

Percentage of clients who report making progress towards their education goals.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Services for Survivors of Torture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients are surveyed at intake and again every 6 months by their therapist or counselor.

Percentage of clients who report making progress towards their housing goals.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Services for Survivors of Torture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients are surveyed at intake and again every 6 months by their therapist or counselor.

Percentage of clients who report making progress towards their employment goals.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Services for Survivors of Torture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients are surveyed at intake and again every 6 months by their therapist or counselor.

Percentage of clients who report a reduction in their mental health symptoms.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Services for Survivors of Torture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients are surveyed at intake and again every 6 months by their therapist or counselor.

Percentage of clients who report an increase in their daily functioning (able to be productive in their daily lives).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Services for Survivors of Torture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients are surveyed every 6 months by their therapist or counselor.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Top Goals for 2020: 1. Continue to provide health, mental health, and social services for all of the torture survivors in San Diego who need our care. The professional, culturally-competent support that our organization provides enables torture survivors to heal from their trauma, rebuild trust in others, and become healthy and productive members of our community. 2. Continue to raise awareness among policymakers and the public about asylum-seeking torture survivors who are held in detention. Our asylum-seeking clients are not criminals but are kept in prison-like facilities until they are granted asylum. Torture survivors who have come to the United States in pursuit of safety can be detained for months or even years, further aggravating their sense of fear, isolation, and hopelessness, which can exacerbate the severe psychological distress and trauma that are common effects of torture. 3. Focus on the sustainability of SURVIVORS' programs and resources by strengthening its infrastructure, diversifying its income sources, and enhancing its board development strategy.

SURVIVORS achieves its goals in the following categories: Forensic Documentation for Asylum Seeking Clients. SURVIVORS has a network of clinicians and physicians who meet with asylum-seeking torture survivors to conduct evaluations of the physical and psychological consequences of the torture they have suffered. Therapists and/or physicians then submit written affidavits to the clients' attorneys for presentation to the immigration court. Psychotherapy. Common aftereffects of torture include depression, sleep disorders, guilt, detachment, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. SURVIVORS gives its clients access to a variety of therapeutic approaches, including individual and family therapy, crisis counseling; and support groups. Medical Care. SURVIVORS arranges access to services that include medical evaluations and treatment; restorative dental and vision care; psychiatric evaluations, and medication; chiropractic care; acupuncture; and physical and occupational therapy. Interpretation Services. SURVIVORS has screened and trained a network of interpreters who collectively speak over 50 languages. Social Services Case Management. SURVIVORS arranges transportation (via volunteer drivers and public transit passes) and supplies basic hygiene items, and linkages to food and clothing. Other social services include a Healing Club that provides organized group activities. Professional Training. SURVIVORS' staff members instruct affiliated agency professionals on the effects of torture on individuals, the needs of torture survivors, how to address vicarious trauma, and related topics. Advocacy and Education. SURVIVORS advocates on behalf of torture survivors on local, state, and national levels.

Since 1997, SURVIVORS has helped survivors to recover from their traumas through a holistic program including medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological, and social services. SURVIVORS empowers torture survivors to reclaim the strength and vitality that were stolen from them by brutal dictators and governments. The specialized care SURVIVORS provides these vulnerable individuals helps them to become self-sufficient and healthy members of their families and of our community.

SURVIVORS' board of directors has a sub-committee, the evaluations committee, to ensure SURVIVORS is making progress. SURVIVORS is also evaluated quarterly by the County of San Diego. In addition, SURVIVORS polls clients frequently about services offered and performs an annual assessment on each client to determine additional needs and plan the next course of action.

SURVIVORS has served many of San Diego's 35,000 torture survivors, We know that our specialized care makes such a tremendous difference in our clients' lives. Our goal is to serve more torture survivors and to be here in San Diego for as long as we are needed.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Survivors of Torture, International

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jean Greaves

TalentSmart

Term: 2018 -

Kathi Anderson

Survivors of Torture International

Michael McKay

UCSD, Rady School of Management

Elizabeth Lopez

Southern California Immigration Project

Grant Reeder

Balboa Park Conservancy

Jean Greaves

TalentSmart

Carl Josephson

Josephson-Werdowatz and Associates

Loren Tarmo

Finance for PatientSafe Solutions

Bridget de la Garza

San Diego Unified School District

Paula Herring

DeVry University

Pooja Dadhania

California Western School of Law

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/13/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

advocate for human rights, mental and physical health, political asylees, refugees, survivors of torture.