July 23, 2014: Please help Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center and the National Immigrant Justice Center in supporting the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), which provides protection for immigrant and refugee children. The TVPRA ensures that children are not deported to countries where they may face human rights abuses like torture, violence and human trafficking. With the recent increase in unaccompanied children entering the United States it is essential that they are protected.
These children need your support and the support of your representatives by supporting President Obama's supplemental request and by defending the TVPRA. Tell your representatives in the Senate and the House to support the request and TVPRA by calling the capital switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to speak with your representative. You can also get more information or send your representative a message through the National Immigrant Justice Center .
Thank you for joining us for
Musicians Against Torture
a benefit concert to support the rehabilitation of survivors of torture
Musicians (from left) Amanda Kim, Adam Hitchell, Jessica Robbins, and Yerin Yang receiving bouquets of flowers gathered from a garden tended by survivors of torture. Photos: Emily Bronston-Joseph
Over 50 friends, staff, and survivors gathered Thursday evening to hear eclectic performances from classical pianists Amanda Kim and Yerin Yang, and Lonely Companion, the folk duo of Jessica Robbins and Adam Hitchell. PianoForte Foundation, dedicated to fostering a love of piano in Chicago and beyond, graciously donated their exquisite concert hall. The proceeds from the evening far exceeded our expectations.
Your support makes a tremendous impact on survivors of politically-sanctioned torture from all over the world seeking to rebuild their lives in Chicago. We look forward to seeing you at future events!
Couldn't join us? Please consider a tax-deductible gift to Kovler Center. Click here to donate.
Thank you to all who have joined us on June 26th to commemorate the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Survivors, Marjorie Kovler Center staff, volunteers, and friends enjoyed international cuisine, music, poetry, and dance.
Photo credit: Mary Black
Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center thanks all of you who supported our Spring Benefit on May 15, 2014, at Greenhouse Loft.
It's not too late to contribute to this event that will support direct services for survivors of politically sponsored torture.
Make your tax-deductible gift here.
Please consider a gift in support of survivors of torture
"Without Kovler Center, I don't know what would have become of me."
These words from one survivor echo the sentiments of so many more. Help us continue to provide essential services by making a tax-deductible donation.
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New Resource for Attorneys
Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center and the National Immigrant Justice Center Pro Bono Roundable: Working with Survivors of Torture.
Click here to link to the March 14th Webcast and Training Powerpoint listed under Asylum Trainings.
A Permanent Home for Marjorie Kovler Center
At the end of 2012, a dream came true. Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center now has a permanent home where survivors of torture will always have a place of hope and healing. We are grateful to longtime volunteer David Goldberg, MD, and former director Mary Fabri, PsyD, who established the Aurelia and Morris Goldberg Building Fund with an extraordinary gift, and we thank the many friends who made gifts to the fund. Because of their generosity we were able to obtain a loan of $146,000 which we intend to pay off in five years.
We are also grateful to the Jesuits for providing us the opportunity to purchase this historic building, and we are mindful each day of the work of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus who lived here and consecrated their lives to serve the community through education, law, and social justice. We feel privileged to have this building in our trust, for the hundreds of survivors who feel safe, secure, and at home here in this welcoming Rogers Park community.
Whether you support our services or our building fund you are helping survivors heal.
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Learn More: Andrea
When Andrea's husband was kidnapped by Guatemalan soldiers in 1984, she fled the country in fear of her own life, leaving behind two young sons. She never saw her husband again, and the experience haunted her. At the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Andrea—and her sons who followed her years later—accessed counseling for the anxiety, fear and depression that the experience caused. Like many of the clients of this special facility for the survivors of torture, Andrea also received legal and other social services—and today she is pursuing justice for her husband's legacy, one of more than 45,000 Guatemalans who have become "disappeared."
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