Who We Are


The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture was established in 1995 by medical and mental health professionals at Bellevue Hospital as the first program to address the complex needs of torture survivors.

We are the first and largest comprehensive torture treatment center in the New York City area, providing medical and mental health care, as well as social and legal services to survivors of torture and war traumas and their family members.


  • Since 1995, we have provided multidisciplinary services to more than 4,000 people from 100 countries.
  • More than 400,000 torture survivors are estimated to reside in the United States.
  • Of these, 75,000 to 90,000 are estimated to live in the New York metropolitan area, possibly making New York home to more survivors of torture than anywhere else in the nation.
  • Among our clients, 46% are West African, 18% Central African, 20% Central and East Asian, 5% Eastern European, 9 % South and Central American, and 8% other.


At the Program for Survivors of Torture, we treat the whole person–the physical, emotional and social aspects of health­. We support survivors through all the challenges necessary to rebuild lives devastated by torture. By leveraging vital partnerships with NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital, we are able to provide survivors with the highest quality of care and the most cutting edge treatments including: 

  • Medical care
  • Culturally sensitive mental health care
  • Food, housing, clothing, language skills, employment, and education
  • Legal services
  • Family reunification
  • Client advocacy