Help Voices Against Torture (VAT) End Torture
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We, the members of the Editorial Board of Voices Against Torture (VAT) - a new research organ of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) - are gravely concerned over the worsening state of torture in many parts of the world. 

The world is in desperate need of evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed policy making, and further advocacy for human rights. In addition to the VAT Journal, we plan to hold international and regional workshops to support the global fight against torture. 

VAST is contributing $7,500 of our own funds to kick-start VAT, but we need your help to maximize our impact. Your financial assistance will help ensure the successful launch of our first publication in Spring 2021, specifically to cover the costs of designing, printing, editing, and distributing the 1st edition. Please consider supporting VAT in our mission to create trauma-informed research and policy. With your help, we can get closer to eliminating torture worldwide.


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  • Dr. Farooq Mehdi, Director Voice Against Torture Pakistan, VAST Board Member, Vancouver

Editorial Board Members

  • Dr. Poulomee Datta, Senior Lecturer,  Macquarie School of Education  | Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Leila Johnson, Certified in  Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F), North America
  • Dr. Wajid Pirzada, CEO and Founder,  Roots Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Dr. Fizza Sabir, Adjunct Fellow,  University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Dr. Patrick Swanzy, Research Fellow, Institute for Post School Studies, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Dr. Rubina Hanif, Pakistan Associate Professor, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  • Mohammad Abu Srour, Lawyer, Palestine
  • Dr. Grant Charles, University of British Columbia, Vancouver


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