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Torture: Help Wanted

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To the editors:

While we commend you on the excellence of your recent front-page article, "Torture" [August 5], and the work being done at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of the Victims of Torture, you omitted some important facts.

The original idea for establishing a torture victim treatment center in Chicago came from the creative thinking of members of the social issues section of the Illinois Psychological Association. It was through their impetus and persistent efforts that the linkage was formed with Travelers and Immigrants Aid and subsequent funding was obtained from the Kovler Foundation.

It is important to acknowledge this fact because the Kovler Center needs the continued involvement of psychologists for the success of its treatment program. At the present time, psychologists generously donate their time and services on a pro bono basis, both in delivering therapy to victims of torture and in conducting case reviews of individuals treated.

As your article rightly pointed out, the need for such services is great, greater than our current staff can handle. More psychologists and other professionals will have to be recruited to meet this need. Acknowledging the good work that has been done and continues to be done by the psychologists can only serve to help in this process and to expand this very important work.

Jackie Weiner, Ph.D., Chair

IPA, Social Issues Section

Michael J. Stephen, Ph.D.

Kovler Center, Clinic Committee

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