Assistance for Torture Victims

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides funding and technical support to domestic survivors of torture programs.

The Services for Survivors of Torture (SOT) program assists persons who have suffered torture in a foreign country to regain their health and independence and build productive
lives in the U.S.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Vermont Psychological Services: Leitenberg Center For Evidence-based Practice, Inc. $ 968,027   2018-09-302024-09-29
Jewish Family Service Of Buffalo And Erie County $ 1,064,289   2019-09-302022-09-29
Legal Aid Foundation Of Los Angeles $ 1,360,644   2019-09-302022-09-29
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Inc. $ 840,108   2019-09-302022-09-29
University Of Louisville $ 1,360,479   2019-09-302022-09-29
Partnerships For Trauma Recovery $ 1,028,970   2019-09-302022-09-29
Lutheran Social Services Of Colorado $ 908,528   2018-09-302022-09-29
Survivors Of Torture, International $ 1,801,954   2018-09-302022-09-29
Connecticut Institute For Refugees And Immigrants, Inc. $ 908,549   2018-09-302022-09-29
Tassc International $ 1,763,775   2018-09-302022-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Approximately 7,500 survivors of torture received services from the program in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: Grants were awarded to 35 grantees, including one technical assistance provider. It is projected that 8,000 survivors of torture will receive services from the program in FY 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: It is projected that 8,500 survivors of torture will receive services from the program in FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Torture Victims Relief Act (TVRA) of 1998 restricts funding for domestic programs to direct services, research and training.

The authorizing legislation uses the definition of torture given in 18 U.S.C ß 2340(1).

Service providers are restricted to serving individuals who meet the eligibility criteria based on this definition.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are public or private non-profit agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals and families, regardless of immigration status, who have suffered torture in a foreign country and are currently residing in the U.S.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Eligible applicants submit an application to the Administration for Children and Families in accordance with the requirements described in the notice of funding availability.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by a panel of independent experts in accordance with the evaluation criteria included in the notice of funding availability. Funding decisions are made by the Director of ORR based on the review.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998, Public Law 105-320.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for a three-year project period with one-year budget periods. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program Performance Reports are required on a semi-annual basis.

Final Program Performance Reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project over the entire project period are required 90 days after the end of the project period.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

SF-425 Federal Financial Reports are required semi-annually.

A final SF-425 Federal Financial Report is required 90 days after the end of the project period.

Staff of the Office of Refugee Resettlement make site visits to grantees to review the financial and programmatic aspects of the project.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Periodic audits are made as part of the system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of grants and other agreements.


Grant recipients are required to keep all financial and program reports necessary for program review and audit for the project period and for 3 years after the end of the project period to insure that funds have been expended in accordance with the regulations, grant terms, and conditions of this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $312,000; FY 17 est $312,000; and FY 18 est $312,000 - Salaries and Administrative Costs. (Project Grants) FY 16 $10,423,000; FY 17 est $10,423,000; and FY 18 est $10,423,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grant awards range from $172,900 to $444,600. The average award was $297,800.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dr. Curi Kim Mary E. Switzer Building 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: (202) 401-5585 Fax: (202) 401-0981

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals are included in the notice of funds availability.

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