Marjorie Kovler Center


 June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture   

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Please join Marjorie Kovler Center on this day as we honor survivors of torture and remember those who did not survive.

Sunday June 26, 2016 from 3 – 6 PM

 Loyola University Crown Center for the Humanities 

More info to follow.



MBlack handsDear Friend,

As we enter the last quarter of our fiscal year, Kovler Center is effectively serving 315 survivors of torture. We consistently report positive outcomes for participants, once they are engaged in treatment. Unfortunately, the need for our services is growing, and we have had to place 30 survivors on a waiting list until time for an intake evaluation is available.

Sophie, a 29-year-old mother of two young children from Brazzaville, Congo, was arrested by the local police after joining a march for transparent elections organized by the opposition party. She was detained for four days, during which she was deprived of food and potable water and brutally beaten. Upon release, she was threatened with death by the party in power and forced to flee. She made it to Chicago where she lives with her children in a homeless shelter. Kovler Center is her only source of support, but she is number 25 on our wait list.

Sophie and others are in a terrible limbo, their healing delayed and their lives on hold. Your gift today will help us to start the healing process for Sophie and others like her.

Thank you for considering a gift to Kovler Center.

Interested in a more lasting gift? Kovler Center has naming opportunities for your consideration. Please contact Judith Weinstein for more information.

Mary Lynn Everson, MS, LCPC

Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center


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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.”


Interested in learning more about our work and how you can help? Take a tour of Kovler Center the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month at 10 am and by appointment. Please contact Judith Weinstein at, Associate Director of Development.