News 21 Oct 2016
IRCT Symposium: Programme released

The programme for the 10th IRCT Scientific Symposium is now available and features 100 abstracts from authors around the world. Among the topics up for examination in the plenaries are, challenges facing the sector to evidence survivors' rehabilitation needs, resourcing to meet survivor needs, a comparison of rehabilitation responses in contexts of widespread torture, survivor participation in research and treatment planning and challenges of mass influx and aligning service delivery. All highly relevant and timely issues that many of those working in the field are confronted with on a daily basis.

This groundbreaking event will bring together leading experts in the field. Keynote speakers Prof. Derrick Silove, Mexican torture survivors and human rights activists the Women of Atenco and Prof. Carlos Martin Beristain will share their insights with some 300 participants from across professions and countries.

The plenary sessions will be complemented by a range of concurrent sessions, which will feature presentations from eminent professionals from the field of torture rehabilitation and mental health, including a number of IRCT member centres. These concurrent sessions will facilitate interaction, debate and discussion among smaller groups and allow participants to choose a topic they want to delve into more deeply.

The event, which is the largest gathering of torture rehabilitation experts in a decade, will bring together clinicians, researchers, lawyers, funders and policy-makers. Up to 100 posters will be presented, and a rich cultural programme will give participants an opportunity to network at events such as a film screening and art exhibition.  

Whether you are working directly with torture survivors, carrying out research, planning policy for the delivery of services or advocating for the right to rehabilitation, the Symposium is a unique opportunity for you to share your knowledge, learn and be inspired by colleagues around the world.

The Symposium runs from 5 to 9 December in Mexico City and is co-hosted by IRCT member Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be available to all participants.

To explore the Symposium programme and secure your place at the event, visit

“Physicians are often on the frontline – the first to come across detainees who may have been tortured. In accordance with medical ethics principles, they have a clear responsibility in documenting and preventing these gross human rights violations and in the rehabilitation of victims.” - Clarisse Delorme, Advocacy Advisor at the World Medical Association and IRCT Executive Committee Member

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