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  • After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis, Patrick McCarthy; photographs by Tom Maday. Missouri Historical Society Press, St. Louis, MO, 2000. Order from Amazon
  • American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination, Kristian Williams.South End Press, Cambridge, MA, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, Michael Otterman. Pluto Press/Melbourne University Publishing, 2007. Order from Amazon
  • Because it is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror, Charles Fried and Gregory Fried. W.W. Norton & Company, 2010. Order from Amazon
  • Beneath the Lion's Eye, Maaza Mengiste (Novel), W.W. Norton & Company, New York, NY 2010. Order from Amazon
  • The Blindfold’s Eye: My Journey from Torture to Truth, Sister Dianna Ortiz, with Patricia Davis. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, NY, 2002. Order from Amazon
  • Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, Adam Hochschild, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2005. Order from Amazon
  • Communities without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration, David Bacon. ILR Press, Ithaca, NY, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America, Anne-Marie Cusac. Yale University Press, 2010. Order from Amazon
  • Denial: A Memoir of Terror, Jessica Stern. Harper Collins, New York, NY, 2010. Order from Amazon
  • Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants, David Hollenbach, SJ, editor. Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, 2010. Order from Amazon

  • Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage, Michael Otterman & Richard Hil, with Paul Wilson. Pluto Press, 2010. Order from Amazon

  • Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq, Tony Lagouranis and Allen Mikaelian. NAL Caliber/The Penguin Group, New York, NY, 2007. Order from Amazon
  • Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion, and Civil War, Alan J. Kuperman and Timothy Crawford, editors. Routledge, 2006. Order from Amazon

  • Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World, Richard F. Mollica, MD. Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, FL, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Vintage reprint, 1997; original hardcover, Knopf, 1996. Order from Amazon
  • Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, David Bacon. Beacon Press, New York, 2009. Order from Amazon
  • The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda, Alan J. Kuperman. Brookings Institution, 2001. Order from Amazon

  • The Meeting with Evil: Inge Genefke's Fight Against Torture, Thomas Larson, translated by Thomas E. Kennedy. Serving House Books, 2010. Order from Amazon
  • None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture, Joshua E.S. Phillips. Verson, 2010. Order from Amazon
  • Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror, Steven H. Miles, MD. Random House, New York, NY, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers, Edited by Tara McKelvey. Seal Press, Emeryville, CA, 2007. Order from Amazon
  • The Pear Tree: Is Torture Ever Justified, Eric Stener Carlson. Clarity Press, Inc., Atlanta, GA, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • Pedro and the Captain, a play by Mario Benediti, translated by Adrianne Aron. Cadmus Editions, San Francisco, 2009. Order from Amazon Also available in original Spanish version: Order from Amazon
  • A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror, Alfred W. McCoy. Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa, David Hollenbach, SJ, editor. Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC, 2008. Order from Amazon

  • Ruined, Lynn Nottage (play). Theatre Communications Group, 2009. Order from Amazon

  • Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, Mahmood Mamdani. Pantheon, New York, 2009. Order from Amazon
  • Social Work Practice with Refugee and Immigrant Youth in the United States, Melvin Delgado, Kay Jones, and Mojdeh Rohani. Allyn & Bacon, 2004. Order from Amazon
  • Supermax: Controlling Risk Through Solitary Confinement, Sharon Shalev. Willan Publishing, 2009. Order from Amazon
  • Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, Jessica Stern, Harper Collins, New York, NY, 2004. Order from Amazon
  • The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir, Nick Flynn. W.W. Norton & Company, 2010. Order from Amazon
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, Adam Hochschild. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Order from Amazon
  • Torture and Democracy, Darius Rejali. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2007. Order from Amazon
  • Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation, Alfred W. McCoy. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI, 2012. Order from Amazon
  • Torture: A Collection, Edited by Sanford Levinson. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2004. Order from Amazon
  • Torture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military Governments, 1964-1979, secretly prepared by the Archdiocese of São Paulo, University of Texas Press, 1998. Order from Amazon
  • The Torture Debate in America, Edited by Karen J. Greenberg. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values, Philippe Sands. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Order from Amazon
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, Judith Herman, MD. Basic Books, 1992. Order from Amazon
  • Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosovic, by Judith Armatta. Duke University Press Books, 2010. Order from Amazon
  • UnspeakableTruths: Transitional Justice and the Challenge of Truth Commissions (2nd Edition), by Priscilla B. Hayner. Routledge. 2010. Order from Amazon
  • War Crimes: Brutality, Genocide, Terror, and the Struggle for Justice, Aryeh Neier. Times Books/Random House, New York, NY, 1998. Order from Amazon
  • Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History, David Hackett Fischer. Oxford University Press, 2006. Order from Amazon
  • Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Public Affairs, 2009. Order from Amazon
  • Writings for a Liberation Psychology: Ignacio Martín-Baró, Edited by Adrianne Aron and Shawn Corne. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1994. Order from Amazon


  • Blueprints for the Next Administration, Human Rights First, 2008. Human Rights First has released a series of strategy papers to guide the next administration in restoring American leadership in human rights in critical spheres. Among them: How to Close Guantánamo, How to End Torture and Cruel Treatment and How to Repair the U.S. Asylum System. All are available in PDF format.
  • Break Them Down: The Systematic Use of Psychological Torture by US Forces, Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, 2005. This study comprehensively examines the use of psychological torture by US personnel in the so-called “war on terror.” The report emphasizes the use of psychological torture during the interrogation of detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantánamo.
  • Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds: Torture and Ill-Treatment of Women, Amnesty International USA, New York, NY, 2001.
  • Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by U.S. Personnel, Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, 2008. "Ffor the first time, medical evidence to confirm first-hand accounts of men who endured torture by US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay. These men were never charged with any crime..." 
  • The Center for Victims of Torture offers a wide range of publications for those working with torture survivors. Many can be downloaded from the CVT website.
  • Communicating Torture and War Experiences with Primary Care Providers, Erin Mehta, RN, PHN, and Maureen E. O’Dougherty, PhD, Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, 2006. In detailed interviews with refugee clients at a clinic, 72% reported they had never brought up with their physician the ways they had been affected by violence. 66% reported that no doctor had ever asked, but 81% said they would like to talk to their doctors about war trauma if asked, or if it would be of help to their health.
  • End Impunity: Justice for the Victims of Torture, Amnesty International, London, UK, 2001.
  • Examining Asylum Seekers: A Health Professional’s Guide to Medical and Psychological Evaluations of Torture, Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, 2001.
  • Guantánamo and Its Aftermath: U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices and their Impact on Former Detainees, from the Human Rights Center and International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, November, 2008. "Detainees released from U.S. detention in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and Afghanistan live shattered lives as a result of U.S. policies in the “war on terror,” according to this new report..."
  • Harvard Guide to Khmer Mental Health, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Cambridge, MA, 1996.
  • Healing the Hurt: A Guide for Developing Services for Torture Survivors, Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, MN (available for download).
  • Interrogations, Forced Feedings, and the Role of Health Professionals, Edited by Ryan Goodman and Mindy Jane Roseman, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School. A timely and important exploration of legal and ethical issues for health professionals who may be involved in detention and interrogation. Order from Amazon
  • Leave No Marks: Enhanced Interrogation Techniques and the Risk of Criminality, Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, 2007. Published by PHR and Human Rights First, this report reviews of the use of psychological torture by US forces, examines the detrimental health consequences of psychological coercion, and explains how a regime of psychological torture developed during the U.S. "war on terror."

  • Los Desaparecidos / The Disappeared, North Dakota Museum of Art, Curator: Laurel Reuter. Edizioni Charta, Milan, Italy, 2006.
  • A Narrative Study of Refugee Women who Have Experienced Violence in the Context of War, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, McGill School of Nursing, 2006. Available in French and English from Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children. Critically examines the experiences of refugee women, and delineates eight common themes that are unique to the experience, while also discussing western limitations to treatment.

  • The Politics of Torture: Dispelling the Myths and Understanding the Survivors, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. "Understanding the modern use of torture entails the dispelling of myths about its nature and purpose. There remains a perception that torture is practiced randomly, that it is punishment carried to an extreme, that it is performed by psychopaths or sadists, that it exists outside of governmental responsibility..." One of a number of publications available online from this organization.

  • Prosecuting Apartheid-Era Crimes? A South African Dialogue on Justice, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Draws on more than fifty interviews – with former TRC Commissioners, government officials, attorneys, members of civil society, and survivors of apartheid – to analyze such questions as whether prosecuting apartheid-era crimes would fulfill the desire for accountability or push South African society back to a painful and divisive past. Order from Amazon
  • Secret Detentions and Illegal Transfers of Detainees Involving Council of Europe Member States: Second Report, by Marty Dick, Council of Europe, June 2007.
  • Torture Worldwide: An Affront to Human Dignity, Amnesty International USA, New York, NY, 2000.
  • United States of America: A Safe Haven for Torturers, Amnesty International USA, New York, NY, 2002.
  • Writing Out of the Darkness: An Anthology of Poetry by Refugees in Transition, edited by Ann Dernier, Owl and Panther Writing Project, Tucson, AZ, 2006.


  • Directory of Services and Resources for Survivors of  Torture U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental  Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Information Center, Publication SVP-0060, 2003.


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