Our Story

In 1987, a concerned group of physicians, psychologists, lawyers, a philanthropist, and torture survivors joined the burgeoning worldwide torture rehabilitation movement to set up services for survivors in Chicago. The second torture survivors’ treatment center to be established in the United States, the program received initial funding from the Blum-Kovler fund, becoming Marjorie Kovler Center to honor the memory of the mother of philanthropist Peter Kovler.

Today, the Marjorie Kovler Center is a program of Heartland Alliance International, a global human rights organization implementing programs in four continents. Since 1987, Kovler Center has provided integrated, high-quality mental health, medical, and social services to survivors of politically-sanctioned torture and their families. Kovler Center serves more than 350 survivors of torture from 60 different countries annually.

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.