Report: Tortured and Detained

"Detention is a daunting experience for anyone but particularly egregious for survivors of torture.  For survivors, given the long-term impacts of torture and trauma, the fact of being detained at all is often retraumatizing.  Further, particular elements inherent in the detention experience — including a profound sense of powerlessness and loss of control — may recapitulate the torture experience.  Beyond this, the indefinite nature of immigration detention is a blanket over it all, contributing to severe, chronic emotional distress.  This report offers several recommendations of steps that Congress, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice can take to mitigate the harmful impact of detention on survivors of torture and improve the immigration detention system overall." - CVT, Nov. 2013.