October 18, 2018, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM



The Newberry Library, 60 Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Buy your tickets today HERE!

Symposium attendees will hear from panelists and individual speakers about the impact of torture on a local, national, and global level. We are very excited to announce Susan Gzesh as our Keynote Speaker. Susan is the Executive Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago and also serves as a Senior Lecturer. She practiced law for two decades and is an expert on human rights and migration issues. Susan teaches contemporary courses about a wide range of topics including human rights in Mexico, the use of international human rights norms in the United States, and human rights of aliens and citizens.

Tickets are $25 and include lunch.

There is a discounted parking garage located 1.5 blocks south of The Newberry Library (100 W. Chestnut). The garage entrance is on Clark Street. Attendees can have their parking tickets validated by security at the security kiosk in the Newberry Library lobby. Discounted prices are as follows: $11 for 6 hours or less or $13 for 6-8 hours. Regular rates apply after 8 hours. In addition, there is some limited meter parking available close by. Please be sure to read the signs carefully to learn of any restrictions!

To learn more about the Symposium, view our flyer and agenda here.


An oral history of conflicts, crisis & the aid business: Mario Gonzalez 

Mario Gonzalez, Clinical Supervisor at Kovler Center was interviewed by IanQuick/Rethink Fragility for the 100 Voices project.  To listen to the podcast, please click here.

Thanks to all who attended the

 Artists Against Torture

an art auction to benefit survivors of torture

hosted by Marjorie Kovler Center’s Leadership Council

on Sunday, May 6, 2018

This event began with the generous donation of Navajo art from Mary Fabri and David Goldberg, longtime Kovler Center supporters.

Here is a part of the collection that is still available for purchase , including prints, photographs, paintings, and more by local, national and international artists.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these works of art for the reserve price of 50% of the value listed, contact  Flutra Sahatqija at 224.479.2707 or fsahatqija@heartlandalliance.org.

Kovler Center Food Pantry

Help us re-stock our pantry for torture survivors! We now have an Amazon Wish List and anything you purchase from there will ship directly to Kovler Center. Find the wish list here and learn more about what items we are in need of by going here.

Read about Kovler Center’s volunteer Tigist and our international cooking group in the Chicago Reader.

Read about Kovler Center’s Mario Gonzalez in a recent issue of Chicago Magazine.


Marjorie Kovler Center helps transform the lives of individuals recovering from the complex consequences of politically-sanctioned torture. Kovler Center provides medical, mental health, and social services; trains and educates locally and globally; and advocates for the end of torture worldwide.