How do you identify a torture survivor?
How should healthcare professionals approach one?
What are the benefits of documenting the physical and mental damages?
This november, a specialist training will be conducted, targeting healthcare professionals and based on “Istanbul Protocol”, the international guideline for identification and documentation of torture. The protocol is recognized by the Israel Medical Association, and the training program is provided by PCATI in association with the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT).
Such trainings of medical staff, who encounter difficult cases every day and must diagnose patients’ medical and mental condition, are immensely important. Reports by medical staff can determine the later course of a legal procedure which decides whether a person was a victim of violence by the security authorities and whether he or she are entitled to assistance and recognition.
The Istanbul Protocol, on which we base our trainings, is recognized by the UN as the mechanism for identifying and documenting torture and is used in many countries in the world. Up to now, we have trained tens of doctors and mental health professionals to identify and document signs of torture and abuse according to the Protocol’s guidelines, and we will continue to do so in the south, north, and all across the country.
The training will take place on November 2-3, 2018, in two sessions held in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The number of participants is limited. For registration and further information, click on the Training Invite link, or contact Efrat Shit, project coordinator.