Recap of the 10th Annual Picnic in the Park

September 2, 2016

On August 11th, CST staff organized our 10th Annual Picnic in the Park. 40 clients attended the afternoon event in Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park.  The picnic commemorated two important holidays, World Refugee Day and International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which honor the hardships and triumphs of CST clients. In particular, International Day in Support of Victim of Torture honors the Convention Against Torture. Since coming into effect 29 years ago, the Convention set a course for the eradication of torture globally. Though both holidays were in June, they inspired our annual picnic. CST clients have endured the trauma of forced migration or torture—sometimes both—before arriving in the United States. Access to treatment and rehabilitation are crucial to quality of life of CST clients. Studies have shown that survivors who receive support are better able to be productive members of the community.   Among the many services that CST provides social events like the annual picnic helps foster social connection for clients and ease their acculturation by introducing this American pastime. Attendees enjoyed food and refreshments as well as family activities like BINGO, catch, and bubbles. Children in attendance also received supplies to get them off to a good start this new school year!

23rd Annual World Refugee Day

May 29, 2015

Please join us for World Refugee Day on Friday, June 19th 2015!

As we celebrate refugees and their cultures from all over the world!

“A Lens of Hope” – A CST Photo Exhibit

December 4, 2014

  Last night, CST hosted an exhibit showcasing the photographic talents of 12 individuals forced to migrate and create a home in Santa Clara County, CA.

As part of a novel activity-based approach implemented by CST's occupational therapist intern, Anjali Nigam, a group of clients participated in a therapeutic photography project over the past two months. The exhibit served as a culmination to the project for the participants to share not only their photos, but also to give a voice to their thoughts. Therapeutic Photography allows individuals to visually capture their experiences, environments, and emotions through photographs. When accompanied by a caption, story, or poem, the photograph can be used as a means to communicate one’s thoughts and feelings otherwise masked in verbal expression alone. Not only does this process prove to be a therapeutic mode of mindful reflection for the participant, but the resulting images artistically reveal realities of human life, whether positive or negative, to the beholder as well. Many of the participants had never used a camera before this project. All of them have experienced trauma and uprooting in their life. As their technical skills improved, so did their ability to ascribe meaning and express themselves. Themes often emerged in the weekly discussions - feeling homesick and missing loved ones, facing various struggles, and most of all, the importance of having hope. Hence the title of the exhibit , A Lens of Hope. Despite differences in age, nationality, religion, and language, the group shared laughs as well as tears; they shared their opinions, frustrations, and wisdom.

Each participant chose a final photograph from their collection to share at the exhibit, accompanied by a short speech. Some presented in their native language, in which case it was read afterwards in English. Attendees had an opportunity to write down their own thoughts, reactions, and comments on note cards that were then given to each photographer. The event successfully conveyed the emotion and meaning that the participants intended. Further, they proudly presented in front of an audience - a first for all. Their individual strengths certainly shined.

Anjali Nigam is an occupational therapist from Washington University in St. Louis currently completing her doctoral apprenticeship with CST. The therapeutic photography project is one of the projects she has created and implemented. CST is making efforts to incorporate therapeutic activity-based approaches to enhance existing psychological treatments for its clients. The photography project is one such example that has already shown positive effects for those who have participated. For more information, you can contact Anjali via LinkedIn or at

For more pictures, visit our facebook page!

AACI/Center for Survivors of Torture.

22nd Annual World Refugee Day

May 12, 2014

Join Us for World Refugee Day, Friday, June 20th 2014!

As we celebrate refugees and their cultures from all over the world!

World Refugee Day

Community Outreach Wellness Group

March 26, 2014

Have you lived in the U.S. for 5 years or less? If yes, join us for group. We discuss adjusting to a new Culture! Nutrition! Activities! and More!!

For more information please call!

(408) 975-2730

Ask for Arman Husic or Haitham Jasim 

CST Annual Picnic at the Park

July 18, 2013


Join us for the 7th Annual Picnic at the Park in commemoration of June 26: UN International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture

WHEN: August 15, 2013 - 11 AM to 2 PM

WHERE: San Jose Municipal Rose Garden on Naglee Avenue and Dana Avenue

Come and enjoy delicious food and company from different culture and backgrounds!!!


Day Against Torture

May 21, 2013

For ideas on how you can get involved and support June 26, visit the IRCT website for campaign ideas and other valuable information.      

CST Fall Festivites

September 27, 2012

As we welcome the new Fall Season, we invite you to come celebrate with a trip to the pumpkin patch, an annual American tradition! Children will have the opportunity to pick out a pumpkin to take home, and engage in playful fun, all while learning about the traditions of the Fall Season. CST organizes this activitiy annually for CST clients and their families. Come join us for the fun!

When: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM Where: ABC Tree Farms Stevens Creek Boulevard @ Finch Road, 95014              

Parenting Workshop

June 18, 2012

CST held a Parenting Workshop on 06/17/2012, hosted by Dr. Suzan Song MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist and Medical Director for Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). The workshop was organized for seven of the largest newly resttled refugee communities in Santa Clara County. In order to ensure that all language needs were met, CST invested in professional translation devices for every participant. In addition, participants brought cultural dishes to share with one another. The event truly showcased the beatuy of varied cultures and the opportunity to learn from one another.  The event was a huge success and we thank everyone for their hard work!

CST Annual Picnic at the Park

May 30, 2012

In recognition of The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 26th, CST is hosting our 6th Annual Picnic at the Park Event, Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 from 11am-2pm. We welcome you to join us for delicious food and family fun. Event Details: 6th Annual Picnic at the Park Event San Jose Municipal Rose Garden Naglee Avenue & Dana Avenue San Jose, CA. 95126 We hope to see you there!