Please consider an end-of-year 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.
All of us at Marjorie Kovler Center wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Tell U.S. Representatives from Illinois to pass immigration reform!
The Senate did their job and passed a comprehensive bipartisan bill for immigration reform last June. Now it is time for members of Congress to do the same. H.R. 15, similar to the Senate’s bill 744, contains a roadmap to citizenship as well as other human rights reforms important to asylum seekers such as removal of the one year filing deadline. Click on this link to the National Immigrant Justice Center to easily tell your members of Congress what you want them to do.
Kovler Center Welcomes Dr. Naasson Munyandamutsa, 2013 Barbara Chester Award Recipient, Donatilla Mukumana, and Dr. Juan Almendarez, 2001 Barbara Chester Award Recipient
On Saturday, October 19th, Kovler Center's guests presented to Kovler Center staff, volunteers, and community members. Dr. Naasson Munyandamutsa, psychiatrist from Rwanda, addressed the psychological consequences of extreme violence and the challenges of reconciliation in war torn societies. Donatilla Mukumana, mental health nursing specialist, addressed the impact of rape during the genocide in Rwanda. Dr. Juan Almendarez, talked about the state of "muzzled security" in Honduras. If you missed the presentation by Dr. Almendarez, listen to the interview with Jerome McDonnell, on Worldview, WBEZ.
Eat BBQ: Vote for Marjorie Kovler Center
Kovler Center is in the running to be Milt’s Popular Choice Charity of the Year and win $5,000. Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed, which is running the contest through December, is a kosher BBQ restaurant in Lakeview that donates 100% of its profits to charity each month. So make your next night out a BBQ night: Eat and vote for Kovler Center at Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed, 3411 North Broadway, Chicago. $5,000 would support a year of medical, mental health, and social services for a survivor and his or her family being seen at Kovler Center.
Marjorie Kovler Center opens its doors to the neighborhood!
Marjorie Kovler Center welcomed neighbors, friends, and supporters on Sunday, September 15, at an Open House to celebrate establishing our permanent home. Visitors took a tour of the building, gained insight into our work, and joined us
in acknowledging those very special people who made the purchase of 1331 West Albion Avenue possible.
Senior Director Mary Lynn Everson thanked the following:
Father Flaherty, Father Munz, and Father Dorrler
Sister Terri MacKenzie
Kristen and Barclay Welch
Alderman Patrick O'Connor
Alderman Joe Moore
Senator Heather Steans
David Goldberg and Mary Fabri
Survivors of torture, our inspiration
Long-term volunteer physician David Goldberg provided moving remarks about the meaning of home and family, his work with survivors, and how he and former Kovler Center director Mary Fabri established the Morris and Aurelia Goldberg Building Fund, named for David's parents, for the purpose of establishing a permanent home for Kovler Center. David described how important the concept of home was for his parents who were Holocaust survivors and how this gift will continue their legacy by ensuring a place of hope and healing for survivors in Chicago.
A member of the Client Advisory Council then shared what the permanence of Kovler Center means to him and to other survivors of politically-sanctioned torture.
Sister Terri MacKenzie concluded the program by acknowledging that Kovler Center's work in human rights continues in the long and rich tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, for whom the building (originally a convent) was built.
Missed it? Please contact us if you would like to take a tour. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support essential services for survivors of torture and the preservation of our historic building. Questions? Call 773.751.4166 or email email@example.com.
Marjorie Kovler Center welcomes Jenn and Robert Meeropol of the Rosenberg Fund for Children
On July 12, 2013 children and families engaged in services at Kovler Center had the pleasure of meeting Jenn and Robert Meeropol of the Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC). The RFC was established to provide for the educational and emotional needs of children whose parents have been harassed, injured, lost jobs, or died in the course of their progressive activities. Children have benefited from music, dance, art, and ice skating lessons, computer and software donations, and activities connecting them with their culture. Kovler staff thanked the Meeropols for their vision for the RFC and their commitment to children of political activists. We wish Robert well as he transitions out of the role of Executive Director, and welcome Jenn as she steps into the role. The RFC was named for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Robert’s parents and Jenn’s grandparents.
Watch the latest video about our work!
Thank you to everyone who attended Kovler Center's commemoration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
"Every day, women, men and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth. [...] By concretely supporting victims of torture, the international community will prove its unequivocal determination and commitment to fight torture and impunity."
-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Thanks to the 100 plus supporters who attended the screening of Beneath the Blindfold and joined the discussion, facilitated by the ever-perceptive Jerome McDonnell, Host of Worldview, WBEZ. Stay tuned for information about upcoming screenings. Visit www.beneaththeblindfold.com for more information about the film.
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.
Make your donation here.
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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