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Heartland Alliance - Iraq


Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
November 12, 2009

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Date: 11/12/2009 Description: A female victim of torture is screened for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder by a Heartland Alliance trained physician.   © Photo courtesy of Heartland Alliance.Heartland Alliance receives support from the Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF) to assist survivors of torture. In January 2008, Heartland Alliance established the Trauma and Rehabilitation Training Center in Suleymaniya, Iraq for those who have experienced torture and human rights abuse. The building that houses the center was donated to Heartland Alliance by the Kurdish Regional Government’s Ministry of Health, as a symbol of the government’s commitment to assist torture survivors. The organization also obtained a second donated building to be used as a satellite clinic in the Diyala province. Through these two centers and their community outreach program, Heartland Alliance has provided short-term medical and mental health services as well as comprehensive rehabilitative assistance to more than 1,700 adult and child victims of torture and human rights abuses since the program’s inception, reflecting 151% of the program’s goal.

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