Repost: Join TASSC International in June to Commemorate Survivor Week

June 13, 2012 (Ayyaantuu.com)

 

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION: JOIN US FOR A WEEK OF ACTIVITIES IN JUNE

This June will mark the 15th anniversary of TASSC International’s June Survivor Week. We invite you to participate in our activities during the week, and to organize a local commemoration on June 26 in recognition of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. During the week, survivors will participate in a three day human rights training, visit Congress, speak on different panels, and vigil in front of the White House.

Schedule of activities for the Washington DC Metropolitan area include the following public events:

Tuesday, June 19: Rebuilding a Life After Torture

9 am – 5 pm, Catholic University, Pryzbala Center

11:15 am – 12 noon: VOICES OF SURVIVORS

Survivors will share their stories of rebuilding a life after torture.   Stories will highlight the pre asylum/ post asylum life, why torture occurs, and ongoing human rights violations worldwide including inside U.S. detention centers.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm  HELPING SURVIVORS TELL THEIR STORIES
Advocates from torture and trauma treatment centers share experiences of guiding survivors through elements of the trauma story for the purposes of healing and social advocacy.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm  HELPING SURVIVORS TELL THEIR STORIES

Repeat of the 1:00 – 2:30 workship.
Sponsored by Program for Advocates of Torture and Trauma (PSTT) with a Panel of Survivors from TASSC International

Wednesday, June 20: International Communities of Healing

Day of reflection for survivors of torture and International Communities of Healing.

Thursday, June 21: Justice for Survivors of Torture

9 am – 5 pm, Catholic University of America, Aquinas Hall auditorium

9 am – 12 noon:  ENDING TORTURE, DISAPPEARANCE AND IMPUNITY

Panel I: Juan Mendez (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), Aileen Bacalso (International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances – ICAED), and Prof. Richard Wilson (American University International Human Rights Law Clinic)

Panel II: Survivors of Torture Respond

1 pm – 5 pm: ENDING DETENTION OF SURVIVORS & ASYLUM SEEKERS IN THE U.S.

Panel I: Survivors of Torture Share Experiences of Human Trafficking & U.S. Detention

Panel II: Advocates from Lutheran Immigrantion and Refugee Services (LIRS) and Detention Watch Network (DWN) respond

6 pm - 8 pm: Celebrating TASSC 15th Anniversary: All Welcome!

Busboys & Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville MD 20781

Come join survivors and supporters of TASSC for an evening of solidarity and 15th anniversary celebration at Busboys & Poets in the new Hyattsville, MD location.

Friday, June 22: Congressional Advocacy Day

Survivors and supporters from TASSC International and student interns from The Washington Center will team up to visit Congressional representatives to advocate for an end to torture, indefinite detention, and detention of survivors / asylum seekers in the U.S.

Saturday, June 23: TASSC’s 15th Annual Survivor Week Vigil

 7 am – 7pm, Lafayette Park, in front of the White House

Join survivors from around the world for the 15th annual Torture Survivors Week vigil in Washington D.C. As a movement of torture survivors, TASSC International issues a clear call to end torture, enforced disappearance, and impunity – wherever they occur – and to support all efforts to disclose the truth, bring justice to the families of victims and survivors, and to hold accountable governments responsible for torture.

Sunday, June 24: DC March Against Torture, Guantanamo & NDAA

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool and March to the White House

  • Ensure accountability for torture: investigate, prosecute and provide remedy for victims and their families
  • Close Guantanamo
  • End indefinite detention and repeal the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
  • Make public the Sentate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture

Cosponsors: Amnesty International, National Religious Campaign against Torture, Witness against Torture, ACLU, Physicians for Human Rights, TASSC International and many others

Monday, June 25: Congressional Advocacy Day

Survivors and supporters from TASSC International and student interns from The Washington Center will team up to visit Congressional representatives to advocate for an end to torture, indefinite detention, and detention of survivors / asylum seekers in the U.S.

Tuesday, June 26: UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

 

Join us in marking the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26) in your local community. Look for activities and commemorative vigils in your area, and reach out to survivors and communities of faith to participate. TASSC will work together with the National Religious Campaign against Torture (NRCAT) and begin posting these activities as they are confirmed.