Following the suspension of operations of the Medical Center for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, in 2008, and until the launch of the Prometheus Project in February 2013, there was no program dedicated to the holistic rehabilitation of torture survivors in Greece.
The program “Prometheus I: Identification and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture” was implemented by the Greek Council for Refugees in cooperation with the former president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and founder of the Medical Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture in Athens, Dr. Maria Piniou – Kalli, BABEL Day Center and the Danish Institute Against Torture “DIGNITY”. The aim of the program was to provide the highly necessary identification and rehabilitation services to survivors of torture by establishing the Rehabilitation Unit.There, the victims of torture were able to receive medical, psychological, social and legal support in the process of seeking international protection and, ultimately, their medical and psychosocial rehabilitation.
The project entered its second phase with “Prometheus ΙΙ” which was implemented by the Greek Council for Refugees in collaboration with Babel Day Center, the NGO REDPRESS, the center for Trauma Asylum and Refugees – University of Essex and the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.
The project’s duration was 18 months and its objectives were:
- Further specialization of the Rehabilitation Unit for victims of torture,
- Enhancement of the national capacity to provide holistic services to victims of torture,
- Awareness-raising concerning the needs of victims of torture.
Since October 2014 as part of their work with victims of torture, Greek Council for Refugees and Babel Day Center-Sineirmos cooperated with Doctors without Borders providing medical and psychosocial support to migrants and refugees who have been subjected to violence.
The Programme was initially funded by the European Union until January 2017. From January through June of the same year it received emergency funding by Medecins Sans Frontieres in order to maintain its continuous operation. Since June 2017 and until May 2018 and again from August 2018 to this day it is funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.