What You Can Do
There is no easy way to stop the practice of torture, but we can all make a difference. Here are some suggestions:
- Participate in local efforts – there are peace & social justice committees at many faith organizations, campus groups, and local chapters of national organizations that would welcome your participation. You can find some of them through our list of resources.
- The use of language matters. Write a letter to the editor or blogger when you notice that euphemisms like “enhanced interrogation” or “simulated drowning” are used to make torture seem less harsh. When you see a television show that treats torture in an unrealistic manner, post something on the program’s Facebook page or post a comment on their website.
- Organize a screening of Beneath the Blindfold at your local school, community center or place of worship. Find out more on our screenings page.
- Many of the torture survivors we met during the making of this documentary were clients at one of the over 30 treatment centers in the U.S. that specialize in services for torture survivors. They all do incredible work and are deserving of your support, be it by volunteering, getting involved in their advocacy work, or by offering financial support. You can find some of the centers on our list of resources.
- Help us bring Beneath the Blindfold to communities across America by donating to our outreach and engagement campaign today. You can make a tax-deductible donation via our fiscal sponsor Percolator Films, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donate Here.
- Congress is currently considering immigration reform legislation that has a direct impact on refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture, who have fled their home countries. Please let our lawmakers know that immigration reform should include asylum seekers’ needs, by signing this petition provided by The Center for Victims of Torture.