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Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture

National Network: 
Palestine
Address: 
PO Box 468
2119 Ramallah
Palestinian Territory
Telephone: 
97222961710
Fax: 
97222989123
E-Mail (2): 
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1999
General Information: 

The Treatment & Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC) is a non-profit human rights organization & mental health service provider which treats direct and indirect victims of torture through individual, group and family therapy, conducts advocacy for policy reforms and raises awareness across all sectors of Palestinian society on the rights of persons to be free from torture, violence and ill-treatment through grassroots campaigns, national conferences and awareness raising workshops, and conducts research and reports on human rights, mental health, and torture which are shared with national, regional and international stakeholders. TRC conducts knowledge exchanges and provides capacity building to PA ministries, Palestinian and international NGOS, and universities and colleges; there are 18 full-time staff members serving in 3 locations in the West Bank. TRC is a member of the IRCT and the AMAN Network and is currently funded by the EU and the UN.

Mission and Objectives: 

Mission

TRC will deploy its programs and activities to reach out to victims of torture and provide them with rehabilitation services in a “model-building” approach and will intervene within the area of capacity-building, generate and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between and among relevant individuals and organizations, and serve as a “voice” for survivors of torture through programs of advocacy and community mobilization, all in a unique form combining Mental Health and Human Rights as per the international laws and in a sustainable manner.

Objectives

  1. The most vulnerable population of Victims of Torture and Organized Violence and their families receive the essential treatment and rehabilitation services.
  2. A non-violent culture that fights torture and organized violence, caring and promoting their needs and rights does exist in the West Bank.
  3. Knowledge and Information pertaining to Victims of Torture are produced, generated and disseminated to all concerned parties, and there exist individuals and institutions capable to respond to the needs of Victims of Torture.
  4. TRC is internally sustainable through implementing proper Management Systems and Procedures, Effective Accounting and Financial Systems supported by modern Information Technology and sufficient Infrastructure
Main Projects / Activities: 

The Treatment and Vocational Rehabilitation Programme

TRC provides a wide range of holistic treatment interventions under this programme through a model-building approach which addresses the most critical needs of each client and provides alleviation from symptoms of trauma as a result of human rights abuses. Administered by a highly qualified multi-disciplinary team of human rights based mental health practitioners, TRC provides the following evidence based services: Individual, group, family, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Art and Play child therapy, Narrative therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
Additionally, TRC conducts vocational rehabilitation to restore the normal life patterns of victims of human rights abuses by empowering them to re-engage with their communities and to reduce their socio-economic burdens as part of their road to recovery.

Summer camps are conducted each year to address the suffering of children through recreational and psychosocial activities, developing their understanding of human rights and democracy-related Concepts, and developing their assertive skills to endure life under occupation.

 Advocacy and Community Awareness Programme
An integral part of TRC’s mission is to raise the public awareness on the issue of human rights and international humanitarian laws through guidebooks, advocacy actions, media campaigns and radio & TV programmes, in order to strengthen recognition of the inherent rights of all persons. TRC works with the Palestinian public at all levels, targeting men, women, children, college students, decision-makers, CSOs and NGOs.

Capacity-Building, Research and Documentation Programme
Under TRC’s capacity building programme, workshops and trainings are provided to strengthen and enhance knowledge and awareness for promoting human rights and reducing torture and ill-treatment and other forms of violence in Palestine. These trainings build the technical skills of TRC’s target groups which include civil society and community based organizations, college students of the social sciences, local and national human rights based non-governmental organizations, PA Ministries, and mental health professionals.

TRC also produces research studies and reports each year which are shared with stakeholders on the national and international levels including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT), and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), as well as other national, regional, and international stakeholders. Furthermore, TRC researches are instrumental for building its internal capacity for future planning and decision-making.
 

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

TRC has a vast network of national, regional and international partners and stakeholders and is well-revered in the international community as a leader for its expertise in human rights, torture, and mental health; Through TRC's unque experiences and expertise, it can support the network in Palestine by engaging with partners at all levels and to work cohesively to advance the vision and mission of the network. Furthermore, TRC is able to engage in knowledge exchanges with network members and to develop areas of opportunity for joint cooperation.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

TRC seeks to strengthen its cooperation with Palestinian non-profit organizations as well as regional and international stakeholders in order to advance the cause for non-violence, human rights recogntion, and an ultimate peaceful resolution to the on-going conflict which continues to inflame the cycle of violence. By joiningthe network, TRC seeks to share its knowledge as well as qualitative and quantitative researches, studies, reports and analyses on the impact of rights abuses in Palestine and to work cohesively to address this issue and other relevant related issues on the national level.

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