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Goals of Advocacy by NCTTP Centers:
NCTTP is working to promote full implementation of the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (typically called the Convention Against Torture or CAT) by educating the public about U.S. Government obligations under the treaty, and engaging our membership in the effective use of the treaty to promote human rights in the United States.
The U.S. Government released its Periodic Report to the Committee Against Torture, outlining how it is upholding its obligation to end torture. Because the United States accepted the United Nations Convention Against Torture as law, the federal government is obligated to submit a report every four years to the Committee, which monitors compliance with the Convention. Please find a full version of the report here.
Despite its universal condemnation, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Méndez, has stated that 'some form of torture or mistreatment is happening at any moment in at least half the countries of the world.' While the heinous practice comes in many forms—whether it is used to suppress democracy movements, dissolve civil society organizations, silence journalists, cover up corruption, or to extract information—it rarely happens in a vacuum. Torture is often indicative of broader human rights violations and abuses of power.
The effects of torture can last a lifetime for survivors and affect future generations. Torture survivors often suffer multiple disabling conditions, including chronic pain, extreme anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that interfere with even the most basic functions of daily life. Providing torture survivors with specialized services improves their social and economic functions while promoting self-sufficiency and integration. Our programs have a proven track record of assisting torture survivors in gaining control of their lives, building confidence in their futures, reuniting with family members, improving their connectedness to the communities they live in, and reducing the incidence of serious health problems and dependence on emergency medical care.
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