Advocates for Survivors of Trauma and Torture

Alan Miller, Laurel Smith-Raut, and Danielle Miller Wagner
Advocates for Survivors of Trauma and Torture

The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation presented its 9th Social Service Project Grant on March 23, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Advocates for Survivors of Trauma and Torture (ASTT).

This $4,000 grant is contractually limited to supplement the compensation and benefits of Laurel Smith-Raut, B.A. Sociology, University of California at Davis; MSW, University of Maryland School of Social Work, LCSW, former Peace Corp volunteer and ASTT case manager for about 90 clients, since 2008.  Ms Smith-Raut manages the Washington, D.C. office, rendering direct services to the clients, as well as running the three-month Life Skills Course for 12-15 clients that meets weekly.

This non-profit group has served torture and trauma victims in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C.- area since 1994. ASTT also provides specialized training for legal and health professionals to increase their ability to respond to the needs of torture survivors; raises community awareness about torture, its consequences, and the needs of survivors; and advocates the abolition of torture worldwide through publications, the media, conferences and other forums.

ASTT is one of only 140 treatment organizations world-wide that is accredited by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, and was the first accredited treatment center in the mid-Atlantic.  There are only 19 accredited centers in the entire United States.  ASTT is the only agency that serves the District of Columbia - Maryland region, which has an estimated 40,000 survivors of torture. For more info on ASTT, visit

In 2008 Gabe’s Foundation undertook to help support the education about, advocacy of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) victims. Many of Ms Smith-Raut’s clients suffer from PTSD.  ASTT employs the Strengths-Based Treatment Model in their treatment.   PTSD has come to be recognized as a national problem, affecting not only returning soldiers, but asylum seekers (seeking to become U.S. citizens), victims of domestic abuse, other violence, Holocaust survivors and, vicariously, their children and Hurricane Katrina victims.  As all of our Social Service Project Grants, this one to ASTT carries forward Gabe’s Work and his spirit.

For further information, please contact The Foundation.

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