CALS Asylum Case Research Guide

How to research asylum cases and track human rights conditions by country.

Resources on Torture

  • Treatment Centers
    This information is provided in case your client needs a referral or an expert is sought. The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs provides a list of centers.
  • Physicians for Human Rights documents and reports on physical and psychological evidence of torture.
  • USCIS Training Module Interviewing Survivors of Torture and Other Severe Trauma
  • International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
    The IRCT "is an independent, international health professional organization that promotes and supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and works for the prevention of torture worldwide."
    Offers legal training materials, including Healing the Hurt (near bottom of page) about working with survivors
  • "Torture Survivors: What to Ask, How to Document," 61 Journal of Family Practice E1 (2012) has information for doctors assessing torture victims.
  • The Danish Institute Against Torture has an online Documentation Centre and Library with a collection of over 40,000 items covering all aspects of torture, torture prevention, and rehabilitation of torture victims.
  • State Reports for the Convention Against Torture (CAT)
    Parties to this convention are obligated to submit periodic reports providing information on their implementation of the treaty. NGOs can also submit reports and these can be very useful. Use "Find in Page" to locate your country and then click into the session to access the reports.