Save the Date!
June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Please join Marjorie Kovler Center as we commemorate this day and honor survivors of torture.
Wednesday June 26, 6 - 9 PM
Loyola University Crown Center for the Humanities
More information to follow
"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
Former Guatemalan President Rios Montt Guilty of Genocide!
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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If you want to learn more about Marjorie Kovler Center please come for a tour of the center on the date below or by appointment.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
Spaces are limited. To sign up please contact Judith Weinstein, Associate Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.