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Benefit logoHeartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center Spring Benefit


May 15, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago

Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism: Kirk W. Johnson


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Kovler Center is First Runner-Up in the IKEA Challenge!

IKEAThanks to you, our voting friends, Marjorie Kovler Center has won a $1,000 gift certificate from IKEA Schaumburg's Life Improvement Challenge. We will use these funds to make improvements to the common spaces (kitchen, art therapy room, play therapy room) enjoyed by clients and their families. Thank you all for making this happen!

With gratitude,

Marjorie Kovler Center










The List - Film Screening and Discussion

 The List

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of The List, the 2012 award-winning documentary by Beth Murphy that chronicles the efforts of Kirk W. Johnson to save the thousands of Iraqis whose lives were in jeopardy because of their work with Americans.

The film was shown at Kovler Center (1331 West Albion) on March 27th at 7PM and was followed by a discussion facilitated by Mary Fabri, PsyD, Marjorie Kovler Center Leadership Council, and Mario Gonzalez, Clinical Supervisor and psychotherapist at Kovler Center. 

Kirk, the author of To Be A Friend is Fatal, is the 2014 recipient of Kovler Center's Robert H. Kirschner award for Global Activism. Kirk embodies the very principles on which this award was established, and we are delighted that he will come to Chicago to receive this honor at our Spring Benefit



Please consider a gift in support of survivors of torture

We believe



"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.





Watch the latest video about our work!


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.


Kovler Building

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. Tours are given Mondays through Wednesdays, during regular Center hours, by appointment.

Please contact Judith Weinstein, Associate Director of Development, at to schedule a visit.