ASTT is a highly successful torture treatment center. We care for the psychological health of individuals who have experienced the most brutal forms of torture. Along with ground-breaking therapy, survivors receive expert testimony at asylum hearings and referrals for housing, medical care and education.
All of this good work is in jeopardy.
Due to a dramatic loss of federal funding this fall, we have made drastic cutbacks with our budget and staff. Now we need your help.
Join our Emergency Campaign! Emergency funding will help stabilize ASTT so that we can rebuild our strategic funding and move forward with less reliance on federal funding. This is a critical venture. Please help ASTT and our clients. Any size gift will help. Thank you!
ASTT is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
welcome to astt
Founded in 1994 by a small group of concerned professionals, Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT) provides comprehensive mental health care and social services to survivors of torture and war trauma. ASTT is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is: to alleviate the suffering of those who have experienced the trauma of torture, to educate the local, national, and world community about the needs of torture survivors, and to advocate on their behalf. We operate offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
According to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, there are 500,000 survivors of torture and war-related trauma now living in the United States. Of these, an estimated 40,000 live in the Baltimore/ Washington area. Many of these individuals carry in silence the burden of long-term effects — physical, psychological, and emotional — related to the abuse they experienced in their home countries. ASTT is one of only twenty specialized care centers for torture survivors in the United States. The demand for our services is great and the number of individuals we serve has increased tremendously
over the past five years.
We invite you to learn about our work, learn about the consequences of torture, and the needs of survivors, as well as links to other organizations active in this field. We also invite you to find out how you can help support ASTT's programs, either through volunteering your time or making a donation.
Baltimore Office: Washington, DC Office:
431 E. Belvedere Ave. 1624 U St., NW
Baltimore, MD 21212 Washington, DC 20009
New clients and referrals please call 410-464-9006.
ASTT is a part of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Centers, a network of service providers who specialize in the care of torture survivors. In addition, ASTT is one of only 130 accredited rehabilitation centers worldwide recognized by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. ASTT has also been awarded the Standards of Excellence Award certification of the Maryland Association of Non-Profit Organizations.
The ASTT Healing Garden is completed! This very special project was made possible by the TKF Foundation (www.tkffdn.org), which supports the creation of green open spaces throughout the region.
Stop by the garden and see the beautiful work we have done.