Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) maintains membership in the following:
- International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
The IRCT is a health-based umbrella organization that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide.
Members comprise more than 140 independent organizations in over 70 countries. Our work is governed by these member organizations. Today, we are the largest membership-based civil society organization to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention.
- National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP)
The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) is a U.S. based network of programs which exists to advance the knowledge, technical capacities and resources devoted to the care of torture survivors living in the United States and acts collectively to prevent torture worldwide.
A brief history of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs
In October 1998, with the help of funding through the federal Office of Victims of Crime, a number of independent torture treatment centers and programs across the United States were able to come to Minnesota for the first annual meeting of what was to become a Network. Under the auspices of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) in Minneapolis, all of these centers and programs also began to participate on a monthly general conference call. In October 1999, the centers and programs met once again in Minneapolis and began to strategize about how to manage the needs of the Network, particularly since CVT had just received a three year grant through a private foundation to create a Consortium of centers and programs. This grant allowed CVT to manage a number of monthly conference calls with more focused topics such as clinical considerations, advocacy, training, development and research.
The inception of the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 and subsequent funding of centers and programs led to an increased need to coordinate and share resources. A process toward incorporation was set in motion in early 2000, and by the annual meeting in 2001, the new organization had incorporated and was named the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP). The original network members were grandfathered in as members, and Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, as well as criteria for membership and payment of dues were established. At the Annual Meeting in 2001, Officers of the Board and Chairs of new committees were elected, along with a representative to the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. Since that time, the Executive Committee and the other committees have met monthly by conference call to conduct the business of the NCTTP, and further steps are now being taken in this organization’s evolution. As of April 2016, there are over 34 member organizations in 17 states and the District of Columbia represented. The mission of the NCTTP is to advance the knowledge, technical capacities and resources devoted to care of survivors of torture and to act collectively for the purpose of preventing torture worldwide.
- California Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers (CCTTC)
The California Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers was founded to share information and best practices regarding the treatment of torture survivors residing in the State of California. It is the goal of the consortium and its team of professionals to provide services for survivors to become more functional and self-sufficient through well-supported treatment programs.