Diversity is Center for Survivors of Torture's heritage and our future. Join us in being part of it.
At CST, diversity is an integral part of our history, culture, and identity. Inclusion is the way we treat and perceive all differences. We strive to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as real value for the organization and the community. Learn more about our mission, vision, and values here.
How Your Donation Helps
While our clients have often endured the unimaginable, we are constantly amazed by the capacity of the human spirit to heal, forgive, and seek happiness. Your gift can help them on their journey.
Click here to read former Board Chair Paige Gibson’s “Why I Still Give to CST” letter.
- Gifts a Survivor a warm blanket for the winter
- Gifts 1 week of groceries to a Survivor
- Gifts a Survivor a Chromebook for education
- Gifts 3 months of emergency housing assistance
FY 2023, CST served 850 clients and their families in Texas, ages 4-75 from 38 countries and 40 ethnicities.
Longer-term Program Impact and Successes
Nearly twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the first Torture Victims Relief Act (PL 105–320—OCT. 30, 1998) with strong bipartisan support, recognizing impact of torture commonly leads survivors to demonstrate symptoms such as chronic pain, sleep disorders, severe depression and anxiety, deterioration of physical health and suicidal ideation. Today, thousands of torture survivors around the world depend on this lifesaving assistance, even though needs continue to far exceed available resources.
Longer-term program success for clients and the community includes improved mental health and quality of life, wellness, self-sufficiency, English proficiency, educational achievement, employment, economic status, support systems, civic involvement, general health status, housing, relationships, and impact on future generations.
of clients became proficient in English
of clients reported having an established support network
of clients were able to implement skills learned at CST in other settings
of clients reported improved mental and physical health and quality of life through our goal-oriented services
With my counselor’s assistance, each day I put my life back together…
Thank you CST Family for resources to rebuild my strength. Though this journey is long, I am not alone.
There are many blessings in this new life, and we are grateful. In the new year, I look forward to two joys: I will become a grandfather in June when my son and his wife have twins; I was just approved for the community garden. Finally, I will put my hands back to the earth.
CST is starting a program for Afghan women where I can make friends, take classes, and bring the children. Soon I will start Sewing Group. I am thankful for a place like CST.