Assessing the Treatment of Torture: Balancing Quantifiable with Intangible Metrics

  • Orlando P. Tizon✠
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Life Writing book series (PSLW)


The central aim of Tizon’s essay is to investigate how healing and recovery are evaluated by different stakeholders in a non-governmental organization whose mission is to end torture and to support survivors. As Tizon points out, the demands of accountability from funders and others often shift authority over the success of programs from those who experience them to those who evaluate them. In response, Tizon insists on the necessity of a therapeutic process driven by survivor needs and desires in all their contradictions and complexities, one that recognizes the sociality of the survivor and, in doing so, explicitly addresses the way torture works to isolate subjects from their larger social worlds.

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  • Orlando P. Tizon✠
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  1. 1.Washington, DCUSA

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