PTR was born out of, a Bay Area refugee resettlement agency. The nature of refugee resettlement is necessarily swift, while the healing process in the wake of deep histories of trauma takes time. PTR was launched as a separate organization to create the space necessary to support international survivors of human rights abuses in their healing processes.
The need for psychosocial care in the Bay Area is high. PTR is located in Alameda County, which has one of the highest percentages of foreign-born residents in the country. Many of these residents come to the Bay Area as refugees, asylum seekers, and other international survivors. Between 2010-2015, 4,035 refugees resettled in the Bay Area, with over half, 2,206, resettling in the East Bay. California also grants asylum to over 30% of all US affirmative asylum cases, and the majority of PTR’s clients are asylum seekers whose cases are being adjudicated.
Since 2016, PTR has provided psychosocial care to refugees, asylum seekers, and other international survivors of human rights abuses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We do this by offering: (a) mental health care and case management, (b) community outreach, (c) training, and (d) policy advocacy.
To address the psychosocial impacts of trauma among international survivors of human rights abuses through culturally aware, trauma-informed, and linguistically accessible mental health care and case management, community outreach, clinical training, and policy advocacy.