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Bernardine DohrnHeartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center thanks all who turned out for our 5th annual Friendraiser at Revolution Brewing on February 2nd! We raised our glasses and raised funds for survivors of torture seeking services at Kovler Center. It is not too late to support this effort. Please make your tax-deductible donation here.










Dear Friend,

June 26 photo

As I reflect on this past Thanksgiving and the holidays to come, I am reminded of what an opportunity it is for cherishing family and friends, for sharing stories about our ancestors and their journeys to the new world, and of course for celebrating.

For many of the survivors we serve, Thanksgiving was their first time experiencing this uniquely American tradition. Most of them are here alone, having left their homes and their families abruptly to make the perilous journey to safety. And this will become their story of starting a new life in a new world--their story of Thanksgiving.

Would you be willing to make a difference in the life of a new American?

At Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, we see first-hand the devastating impact of war and conflict around the globe in our service to an international population of individuals and families who have experienced one of the worst human rights violations: torture. You have heard the devastating stories from Syria, where thousands are fleeing to survive. We are poised to serve these individuals and their families just as we have served other refugees and asylum seekers for the last 28 years. We need your support.

Will you consider a financial contribution this year to help us advance our work, changing one life at a time?

Thanks to you, we continue to be a place where survivors of torture come to find solace, peace, healing, and a hopeful chance at a brighter future.

Your gift of $100 will help us make an impact on a survivor's most immediate needs. $500 will help us connect survivors to an entire community of support. And a gift of $1,000 will help transform the life of one survivor.

On behalf of all of us at Marjorie Kovler Center, I wish you, your family and friends a heartwarming and hopeful holiday season.


Mary Lynn Everson, MS, LCPC

Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center


Marjorie Kovler Center is proud to have contributed to the paper, "Descriptive, inferential, functional outcome data on 9,025 torture survivors in the United States," published in TORTURE Journal

Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center thanks you for supporting our 2nd Annual Musicians Against Torture Concert!

MAT performersThank you to everyone who supported our 2nd Annual Musicians Against Torture Concert on July 24th.  We would like to give a special thanks to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians who performed classical and world music. Musicians performing are: (from left) Cornelius Chiu, Soyoung Bae, Daniel Katz, Danny Lai, Dan Armstrong, and Jason Seed (not pictured). Listen to a clip from the concert

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.





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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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Albion BuildingInterested in learning more about our work and how you can help? Take a tour of Kovler Center the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month at 10 am and by appointment. Please contact Judith Weinstein at, Associate Director of Development.