What We Do
The VAST journey
In 1986, a small group of human rights activists and mental health workers gathered in Vancouver to support the flood of refugees arriving from the armed conflicts in Central America. They founded the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (“VAST”) in October of that year, and this dedicated group of volunteers built what would become BC’s largest centre for refugee mental health. Today, VAST works with refugees from over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Our programs and services are offered in over a dozen languages, including Arabic, Farsi, French, Mandarin, and Spanish. We support the mental health of refugees who arrive in British Columbia with psychological trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
We work with refugees from over 100 countries
We run close to 100 support groups annually.
We run at least 30 training sessions annually with other refugee serving organisation.
We provide an average of 43 individual counselling sessions each week.
VOICES AGAINST TORTURE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON HUMAN RIGHTS
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