Mission & History


To open a door to hope and healing by providing rehabilitative services to survivors of politically motivated torture and refugees; educating the public, legislators, and service professionals, and publishing research to increase the body of knowledge about refugees and torture survivors.


Since its inception in 2000 CST has provided specialized services, including individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychological and medical evaluations for political asylum cases, medical, social and legal services to more than 1200 victims of torture and family members and 500 new refugees from 64 countries.

CST is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,  and County of Santa Clara Mental Health Department.

Program Objectives

  • To provide culturally competent direct psychological, medical and social services to torture survivors and their family members, including forensic evaluations.
  • To link clients to legal, vocational, educational, housing and other social services.
  • To educate and train healthcare, legal and social service providers in the community about the unique needs of survivors and effective ways of working with them.
  • To extend trainings and other services to underserved geographic areas.
  • To conduct research about torture survivors and educate communities, treatment providers and policy makers.
  • To educate providers to recognize and address the impact of secondary trauma in themselves.