Survivors International was originally founded in 1990 by a clinician who felt compelled by a deep sense of betrayal by his own profession when he read a medical article about doctors’ and psychologists’ roles in designing and carrying out torture in many parts of the world. While the torturer’s aim is to destroy the victim by inflicting excruciating physical pain and terrifying mental abuse, the goal of Survivors International is precisely the opposite: to strengthen and rebuild a sense of self and trust in humanity.
Since 2012, Survivors International has been a program of the UCSF-SFGH Trauma Recovery Center (TRC). As a program of the TRC, Survivors International provides interdisciplinary, team-based clinical, and wrap-around services to survivors of torture. TRC’s clinically-proven model of compassionate, cost-effective clinical care for trauma survivors was awarded the 2004 National Safety Net Award for Patient Services by the National Association of Public Hospitals.
Through the generous support of our community, Survivors International provides services to our clients at no cost. Survivors International also provides training programs for clinicians, individuals and agencies working with refugees and asylees to improve their understanding of the experiences of torture and its psychological impact on the person, so that treatment interventions can be optimized.
Cristina Biasetto, ASW
Staff Clinical Social Worker
UCSF Trauma Recovery Center
2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415)437-3000 Clinic Main
(415)437-3050 Clinic Fax