History

Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the global arm of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations that has been leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for more than 125 years.

Heartland Alliance implemented its first international programs in Iraq and Guatemala in 2003. HAI was officially established as a subsidiary of Heartland Alliance in 2013.

The Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture has been operating since 1987, when a concerned group of physicians, psychologists, lawyers, a philanthropist, and torture survivors set up services for survivors in Chicago, establishing Kovler as the second torture survivors’ treatment center in the United States.

Today, HAI is comprised of nearly a dozen country offices implementing programs on a broad range of human rights issues globally, as well as the Kovler Center, which serves individuals from more than 75 countries.