Thank you to everyone who attended our inaugural Torture Treatment Symposium on October 18th at the Newberry Library! We deeply appreciate all of our speakers and the attendees who helped make this event a success. You can visit the Kovler Center Facebook page here to see photos and videos of this sell-out event.


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.

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

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 on 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.