Prop 20 Would Reverse California Justice Reforms

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The following Op-Ed appeared in the Orange County Register. Prop. 20 would be a major setback for re-envisioning our criminal justice system By Leah Spelman As the executive director of a trauma recovery center that serves crime survivors, calls to “defund the police” in the wake of the killing of George Floyd land close to home. It is clear that people across the country are …

De-Stressing and Shaping Peace Together

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The Greater a Community’s Loss in Common Ground, The Greater the Resulting Gain in Violence By Jean Pierre Ndagijimana, PTR African Communities Wellbeing Coordinator On September 21st of each year, the United Nations observes the International Day of Peace. This day marks the UN’s declared 24 hours of cease-fire for everyone on Earth to experience the ideals of peace, to …

Jean Pierre Ndagijimana Shares Thoughts on COVID-19, Historical Trauma, and Resilience

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PTR African Communities Liaison, Jean Pierre Ndagijimana, is a Rwandan psychologist born in the Congo. In a recent piece published by Global Campaign for Peace Education, Ndagijimana shares why COVID-19 is particularly challenging for people who have experienced historical trauma. Ndagijimana explains that the idea of a communal threat is not new to people with historical trauma. He states, “The …

PTR’s Clinical & Training Director Featured in NY Times

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Dr. Annika Sridharan, PTR’s Co-Founder and Clinical & Training Director, was recently featured in the New York Times article, “Trouble Focusing? Not Sleeping? You May Be Grieving,” describing common responses to the challenges posed by COVID-19. While anxiety or fear may be the emotions we most readily associate with a global pandemic, grief is also very present: we are grieving …

Journeys of Struggle and Hope at the U.S./Mexico Border

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By Monika Parikh We woke up early that morning at the overflow migrant shelter and joined approximately 20 young men who were looking out the window above the cots where they had slept the night before.  In the distance were the pink, orange and gold hues of the early morning desert mountains that extend from El Paso to New Mexico.  …

Welcoming Our New Executive Director

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters, It was my great pleasure and honor to join PTR as the organization’s Associate Director last November. I have enjoyed every moment working alongside Monika, Annika and the rest of the team these past months, and I very much look forward to the next chapter as Executive Director. I want to acknowledge and thank Monika …

Meet the 2017-2018 Global Healing and Human Rights Clinical Team

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  On September 5th, PTR’s new Global Healing and Human Rights cohort began its intensive training year. These 9 clinical psychology doctoral students, 1 social work student and 1 counseling psychology intern will engage in one of the few graduate-level clinical training programs in the nation specializing in trauma-informed, globally culturally aware and linguistically accessible psychosocial care for refugees, asylees …

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“I have been shocked, humbled, and immeasurably changed by this population…”

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It is my pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation on behalf of Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR) in support of their application for Palo Alto University’s Award for Distinguished Service in Multicultural Training in Psychology. I am currently completing an advanced practicum placement and dissertation research with PTR, and I can say without hesitation that my experience at PTR …

Alameda County Adopts Resolution That Will Build a Welcoming Community For Refugees

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We as a global community are currently experiencing the largest flow of migrants fleeing violence in over 70 years. 65.3 million people are currently displaced due to violence in their home countries. Many refugees who are now entering the U.S. have fled their homeland out of fear of persecution, war, and likelihood of imminent harm to themselves and their families, …

The Refugee Crisis at Our Doorstep

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In the summer of 2014, thousands of Central Americans – mainly unaccompanied children and parents traveling with children from the Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala – crossed Mexico into the US. The arrivals made headlines as a humanitarian crisis.The United Nations designated these migrants as refugees fleeing an armed crisis, while the arrivals overwhelmed the US’s infrastructure …