"We're totally focused on making this a welcoming environment and to have everyone who arrives feel dignified and respected," says Mary Lynn Everson, senior director of the Marjorie Kovler Center and refugee health programs.
To provide effective medical, psychological, and social services, the staff and clinical volunteers at the Marjorie Kovler Center
are specially trained to provide the atmosphere and treatment that is appropriate for refugees or asylum-seekers who have been tortured at the hands of governments or rebel movements.
"Torture is meant to break the bonds with community and family, and control is completely taken away from them.
So we let them know, for instance, that how much they reveal and when they want to tell us of their experience is completely in their hands," Everson