Florida Center for Survivors of Torture

Florida Center for Survivors of Torture

Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST) is a regional treatment center (Tampa Bay and Miami-Dade) for survivors of torture and extreme trauma.  As the lead agency, Gulf Coast JFCS collaborates with area resettlement agencies as well the University of South Florida and Florida International University to provide survivors with intensive case management.  Through FCST’s extensive provider network, eligible torture survivors can access medical, mental health, social and legal assistance services from providers who have been specially trained by the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture to work effectively and sensitively with this population.

Contact Information

Pinellas County:
14041 Icot Blvd.
Clearwater, FL  33760
P:  727.479-1858
F:  727.210.8517

Miami-Dade County:
7925 NW 12th St., Suite 410
Doral, FL 33126
P:  786.336.1107
F:  786.336.1114

photo of survivor of torture, smiling

Providing medical, mental health, social and legal assistance services to survivors of torture

“No agency compares to you all. It was hard to tell our story. We were able to cry and feel supported.”

“I like feeling cared about.”

Utilizing the concept of a “center without walls”, FCST has recruited and trained a multi-disciplinary network of providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, interpreters, social workers, attorneys, and physicians who provide services to clients in the communities in which they reside. To promote healing, the FCST program provides:

  • In-home intake assessments complete with psychosocial evaluations
  • Linkage to a network of medical, mental health, legal and social service providers trained to work sensitively with survivors of torture
  • Professional interpreters to accompany clients to appointments as needed
  • Ongoing intensive case management and culturally specific educational/support groups

FCST promotes awareness and understanding by offering the following services for community members:

  • Professional development training covering a number of important subjects such as: working with torture survivors, the refugee experience, acculturation in the U.S. and working with interpreters
  • Hosting events and presentations to raise community awareness regarding torture and refugee issues
  • Serving as a learning site for college students through internships and service learning projects
  • Volunteer service opportunities for professionals, students and community members

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