Program for the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Torture “Prometheus”


The Program for the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Torture “Prometheus”, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation from June 2017 through May 2018, is implemented by the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) and the Babel Day Centre/Syn-eirmos in co-operation with the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Program for the support of immigrants and refugees that have been subjected to torture or ill-treatment).

The purpose of the program is to provide holistic services for the recovery from the consequences of torture suffered by asylum seekers and refugees, on a legal, social, psychological and medical level. Interdisciplinary cooperation is the key tool for achieving this goal.

The purpose

The number of asylum seekers and refugees recognized as survivors of torture is steadily rising and as a result, the need to provide holistic rehabilitation services by specialized professionals is increasing as well.

The beginning

The “Prometheus” program first begun in 2013 aiming to fill the gap in the provision of rehabilitation services to surviving torture in Greece, and at the same time provide relevant training and expertise to professionals in the field.

The present

At the Greek Council for Refugees, under the Program for the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Torture “Prometheus”, a team of lawyers and social workers, are offering legal assistance (through all stages of the asylum procedure) and counseling (for social and integration issues), with respect to both the specific needs of people who have been tortured in their home country, and their specific skills and resilience.

The continuous training and support for professionals in the field, is an integral part of the implementation of the "Prometheus" Program.

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