"What we want to do is alleviate
the pain and the symptoms that
the person carries with him or
her. Many of them are strong
people. They were able to stand
up against human rights violations.
I encourage other women to join
us. There are so many
opportunities to help."
Ana Deutsch is the co-founder and clinical director of the Los Angeles-based Program for Torture Victims. Founded in 1980 as the first program of its kind, the nonprofit organization provides medical, psychological and case management services to survivors of torture who find their way to California. Program for Torture Victims was founded to help the healing process and to inform the public about torture and its consequences. Through the program, Ana has helped thousands of victims rebuild their lives and contribute to society.