Northwest Health and Human Rights (NWHHR) Coalition
Information about a collaborative coalition that provides medical consultation, mental health and legal social services to survivors of torture in Washington State.
Northwest Health and Human Rights (NWHHR) coalition is a partnership of three programs that currently serve refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in Washington State, working together collaboratively to improve the health and well being of torture survivors. Lutheran Community Services Northwest has been funded through the Office of Refugee Resettlement to develop this coalition to identify and assist survivors of torture in the Puget Sound region.
The coalition will initially include entities that have been doing this work for decades. Mental Health services will be provided by International Counseling and Community Services, a program of Lutheran Community Services. Legal services will be provided by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Medical evaluations and services will be provided by the Northwest Health and Human Rights Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.
As the coalition evolves it will provide training and support throughout the region. Partnerships with and support from similar programs for torture survivors in other regions of the country undergird this coalition to provide depth and resources. Eventually relevant materials will be available on EthnoMed for those similarly providing varied services to survivors of torture.
Immigration Legal Services:
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Main number (206) 587-4009; toll-free: (800) 445-5771
Medical Evaluations and Services:
Contact (206) 744-4192
Mental Health Services:
Contact (206) 816-3252 (ICCS' Pathways to Wellness Program)
Brochure: Northwest Health & Human Rights, King County WA
- "Before Obtaining Asylum, Refugees Must Show The Scars Behind The Stories", NPR, 8/9/15.
- "Helping immigrant victims of torture heal in Puget Sound region", Seattle Times, published 11/30/13.
- "Universal Human Rights and the Northwest - Viewpoint", Carey Jackson, MD, Seattle/LocalHealthGuide, published 12/9/13.
- Local Coalition 'in the Business of Cleaning up after Warfare':
KPLU radio segment about the Northwest Health and Human Rights Project, 12/9/13.