The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has selected the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award. NCTTP president, Lin Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH, will accept this award on behalf of the NCTTP at the APA’s annual meeting in May 2017, to be held in San Diego.
“The APA Human Rights Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by individuals and organizations focused on promoting and supporting the human rights of populations with mental health needs. Upon recommendation by the APA Council on International Psychiatry, the APA feels strongly that NCTTP demonstrates both dedication and leadership in providing mental health care to survivors of torture in the United States and advocating for the prevention of torture worldwide, making it a prominent recipient of this prestigious award,” wrote Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., CEO and Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association in a January correspondence to Dr. Piwowarczyk. The Libertas Center serves on the Executive Committee of the NCTTP.