Our Mission

The mission of TASSC is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to support survivors as they empower themselves, their families and communities wherever they are.

Our Vision

TASSC's vision is to see a torture free world.

Who We Are

TASSC is a coalition of torture survivors, representing countries and ethnic groups throughout all parts of the world.

What We Do

In the spirit of non-violence and with the hope of achieving justice and social change, TASSC works to:

  • Campaign to abolish torture and ill-treatment practiced around the globe.
  • Provide direct assistance with legal, medical, housing, food, employment assistance and other needs to survivors of torture in order that they may begin to rebuild their lives and heal from the horrific effects of torture.
  • Give voice to survivors and the effects of torture on all of us through outreach, education and advocacy.
  • Organize supportive ‘communities of healing’ throughout the US for survivors to meet and provide support to one another.

What We Believe In

  • Survivors are one of the strongest and most effective voices in the campaign to abolish torture.
  • TASSC survivor-advocates must build solidarity with other advocacy groups and the global community of survivors.
  • Family members as well as survivors of all forms of torture, ill-treatment and political violence are invited to join the global movement for the abolition of torture.
  • Friends of TASSC are non-survivor supporters of the organization and its members.  They play a vital role in all aspects of the organization and all are welcome to join us.
  • TASSC is concerned not only with the prevention of torture but also addresses its aftermath, the individual survivor, family, community, and society.
  • The voices of all survivors must be heard equally in TASSC’s decision-making.

What the TASSC Logo Stands for

TASSC’s logo was designed by Elshafei Dafalla Mohammad from Sudan. His paintings, photography, and sculpture have been widely exhibited and is part of public and private collections in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. The large umbrella-letter T represents truth and zero tolerance for torture.

The dark blue color signifies resilience and spiritual purity. As the dark blue embraces the pure red orange, a pigeon symbolizing peace-love-freedom in many cultures, soars out of the form towards a brighter future which marks the end of oppression.

The letters ASSC in TASSC visualizes a person rising, under the TASSC umbrella, from a state of “bowing under oppression.”

Organization

TASSC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by the TASSC Board of Directors. Our day-to-day operations are led by our Executive Director who oversees a small staff including a social services coordinator, health and psychological wellness coordinator, advocacy consultant, two clinical case managers, staff attorney and our operations manager. We also have excellent volunteer staff who lead programs within TASSC such as our employment assistance program and our truth speakers program. At any given time, TASSC has between 3-6 graduate and undergraduate interns, as well as loyal volunteers who build TASSC's capacity to serve and empower survivors.

"TASSC continues to serve hundreds of survivors each year, both new and returning. Our advocacy and outreach depend on your support."

- Gizachew Emiru, Esq. I Executive Director of TASSC