SECWAC Presents ''The Story Behind the Syrian Refugee Story'' April 12

Southeast CT World Affairs Council: Dedicated to educating and engaging Americans on global issues
Mr. Curt Goering (Center for the Victims of Torture), will speak on“The Story behind the Syrian Refugee Story – the Need for Rehabilitative Care during Humanitarian Crises” on April 12th, 2016 at Blaustein Hall, Connecticut College, New London. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. 

Mr. Goering is the Executive Director at the Center for the Victims of Torture (CVT), where he oversees an international staff with offices in St. Paul (MN), Washington D.C., and healing projects in Africa and the Middle East.  CVT provides comprehensive care for victims of government-sponsored torture, conducts research and training, and undertakes policy efforts to commit the U.S. and other governments to work against torture and to aid torture survivors.

Prior to joining CVT in 2012, Mr Goering was the Chief Operating Officer at Amnesty International USA.  In addition to directing its day to day operations, he was involved in strategy development, public policy and planning, financial oversight and external relations.  Over his professional career, Mr Goering led a dozen Amnesty International missions, including ones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Tanzania.  In addition to his positions with Amnesty as a researcher, an advocacy director for Europe and the Middle East, a several executive roles, he served as Head of the Gaza office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2009 and 2010.
His writing has appeared scores of outlets, including McClatchy-Tribune News Service, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Hill, and StarTribune. His media appearances include ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, NPR, The Newshour, Al-Jazeera, HuffPost Live, and many networks/stations around the world.
Dinner:  A dinner follows immediately after the presentation for a limited number of Members and Guests at Conn College. To attend the dinner, a reservation is required - please call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation. A vegetarian option is available but it must be reserved in advance.
All reservations or cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the program.   Bring your check payable to SECWAC for the total number of your reservations at $35 each.   Courtney Assad will collect your payment when you arrive to get your name tag. Credit card payments can also be made at check-in. At the same time, you will be given dinner tickets for each reservation to be collected by the server as confirmation of your payment. 
Guests: SECWAC is a membership organization. Guests are welcome; please call 860-912-5718 or email to reserve a guest pass.
Upcoming Program: Jonathan Stevenson, US Naval War College, will speak on "Centenary of Sykes-Picot: Order and Chaos in the Middle East and the US Position” at the Lyme/Old Lyme Middle School, Main Street, Lyme, on May 10th, 2016. Dinner for pre reserved attendees will follow at the Old Lyme Country Club.