Where We Work


  • HAI and AHM expanded efforts to combat sexual exploitation and child labor
  • received its first-ever US Department of Labor’s Department Bureau of International Labor Affairs grant to reduce workplace sexual harassment and discrimination


  • Nigeria: Implementing the largest-ever grant for men who have sex with men (MSM) programming in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Cote d’Ivoire: Successfully provided services to key populations in 75% of Cote d’Ivoire’s health zones

Latin America and Caribbean

    • Developed evidenced-based, effective, and culturally appropriate mental health services for victims of torture and trauma on Colombia’s Pacific Coast
    • Has provided direct psycho-social services to 1,175 Afro-Colombian survivors of trauma
    • Successful partnership with Johns Hopkins University
  • Dominican Republic: Worked with transgendered female sex workers. Successfully “greenhoused” five organizations, which continue to provide services to LGBT individuals even after the project close

Middle East

    • Partnered with Johns Hopkins University for the largest clinical study of torture treatment ever conducted, which measured 3 separate interventions and proved that a components-based approach was effective.
    • Founded the Trauma Recovery and Training Center (TRTC) in 2007, modeled after the Kovler Center, which became an independent Kurdish non-governmental organization in 2012.
    • Promoted the Government of Iraq’s adherence to the UN Convention Against Torture, including the provision of legal representation to victims of police and security forces, the training of local NGOs, and the documentation of the use of torture in jails.

United States

    • Founded In 1987; located in Rogers Park
    • One of first torture treatment centers in US
    • Since founding, more than 2,000 survivors from 84 countries served
    • Has represented the US in Geneva before the UN Convention on Torture (CAT) Review
    • Kovler Center’s unique Well-Being Questionnaire has been widely recognized as an effective and innovative evaluation tool that measures survivor outcomes. It is being considered by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture for replication in other torture treatment centers.