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Refugee support is needed!

Given the strong anti-refugee rhetoric throughout the country, continued calls by political leaders to “pause” or shut down the resettlement of Syrians to particular states or the United States as a whole, and the passage of HR 4038 in the House of Representatives on November 19, (which would effectively shut down the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees),  it is more important than ever that we show our support.  

Torture treatment centers across the country, including Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, have signed on to this letter in support of Syrian refugees. This letter will not accept individuals as signers but please feel free to use the language to draft your own letter or to use in calling your senator or representative.  

If you represent an organization, please sign on and share with your networks across the country.  

Thank you for your support. 

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


Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center thanks you for supporting our Spring Benefit!

Les Roberts

Thanks to all of you who supported our Spring Benefit which took place on Thursday April 23rd, at The Woman's Club of Evanston. Congratulations again to Les Roberts who was recognized for his work documenting violations of human rights. We are grateful to Maimot, a survivor of torture from Congo, who moved us all by sharing her story.It's not too late to be counted as a supporter of our benefit. As we told our guests, while we surpassed our goal of serving 350 survivors of torture this year, we still had to place 31 survivors on a wait list. Please make your tax-deductible gift to Kovler Center here to help these survivors who are traumatized and alone.  

Image: Les Roberts, 2015 recipient of the Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism


Marjorie Kovler Center commemorates Human Rights Day!

Article 5 of UDHROn December 10th we've commemorated Human Rights Day, proclaimed in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly "to bring to the attention of the peoples of the world the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." 

Since 1987, Kovler Center has been dedicated to serving survivors of politically-sponsored torture, a devastating human rights violation. Upholding Article 5 of the UDHR, Kovler Center also advocates for the end of torture worldwide.

We are grateful to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the private foundations who fund our essential work for survivors of torture. But we are especially thankful for friends like you who have opened their eyes and their hearts to recognize our life-changing work. We thank you for your past support and hope that you will consider Kovler Center in your end-of-year giving.

 Your gift in any denomination will directly support Kovler Center's healing services. We especially appreciate gifts in the following amounts:

*$50 will cover a survivor's monthly transit costs for medical and therapy appointments.
*$200 will support a month of International Cooking Groups that feed 80 participants.
*$500 will cover a year's supply of prescription drugs for several uninsured survivors.
*$1,000 will provide emergency financial assistance to participants in crisis.
*$3,500 will cover the costs of healing one survivor for a year.

As long as torture persists, and as long as survivors make the courageous decision to flee their countries and make the perilous journey to find a safe new home, we will exist: to provide essential services; to welcome them to a new community; and to uphold and reflect the dignity that we all deserve. Please consider commemorating Human Rights Day with a gift to Kovler Center.

On behalf of all of us at Marjorie Kovler Center, I wish you happy and healthy holidays and thank you for your support.  

Mary Lynn Everson, MS, LCPC

Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center

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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Interested in learning more about our work and how you can help? Take a tour of Kovler Center the first Tuesday of every month at 12 noon. Please contact Judith Weinstein, Associate Director of Development.

Next dates are:  November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2…