SURVIVORS OF TORTURE RECOVERY CENTER (STRC)
4803 Southside Drive, Louisville KY 40214
STRC Project Objectives
- Strengthening local infrastructure and services for torture survivors.
- Educating individuals within the refugee and non-refugee community (potential referral sources) in order to identify and increase the pool of torture survivors who could benefit from services offered through the proposed services.
- Conducting training and education of professionals in health, mental health, social, and legal services to increase their knowledge and expertise.
- Providing comprehensive torture survivor centered services and determining their benefits through process and outcome evaluation and disseminating lessons learned from the project to the wider service and research community.
STRC Project Goals
STRC Services Offered
Who We Serve
Refugees and immigrants who have been victims of torture and/or who may have witnessed torture of family, friends or others in their country of origin prior to arriving in the United States. Family members of survivors of torture are also served.
Milestones & Accomplishments
- Three-year federal grant project funded by USDHHS, ORR (September 30, 2012)
- Operations began on October 1, 2012
- New facility at Americana Community Center opened on September 5, 2013
- 1,327 refugees health screened in Year 1
- 354 refugees self-reported being either a primary or secondary survivor of torture (28%)
- 64 survivors of torture provided services in the first grant year ending September 30, 2013 with 68 active clients currently; As of April 1, 2014, the STRC has served approximately 90 survivors of torture.
- Services rendered: 51 clients received medical services, 44 clients received mental health services, 44 clients received social services and one client received legal services
- Total combined services provided in Year 1: 140
- STRC information shared with 147 referral sources in Year 1
- STRC training sessions conducted with 84 professionals in Year 1
Kentucky Office for Refugees
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Americana Community Center
Family Health Centers, Inc.
Seven Counties Services, Inc.
STRC Faculty and Staff
Dr. Bibhuti Sar, Principal Investigator
Dr. Pamela Yankeelov, Co-PI
Dr. Thomas Lawson, Co-PI
Dr. Adrian Archuleta, Co-PI
Jim Guinn, M.A., M.A. Project Manager
Dr. Vicki Burns, Medical Specialist
Dr. Sarah Acland, Mental Health Specialist
Susan Rhema, PhD, LCSW, Mental Health Specialist
Gisele Mellen, MSW, Case Manager
Jennifer Gibson, BS, Scheduler
Pam Ratcliffe, CSW, Office Coordinator
STRC Kent School of Social Work MSW Practicum Students
STRC Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology Department Practicum Student
Questions can be directed to: Jim Guinn, M.A., M.A., STRC Project Manager
Referrals can be faxed to:
How You Can Help
- Refer a Client
- Make a Donation
Please contact Jim Guinn, STRC Project Manager at 502-852-7968 if you would like to volunteer, serve as a mentor to one of our clients, refer a potential client and/or make a donation to the STRC.