The Program for the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Torture “Prometheus”, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation from June 2017 through May 2018, is implemented by the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) and the Babel Day Centre/Syn-eirmos in co-operation with the Medecins Sans Frontieres (program for the support of immigrants and refugees that have been subjected to torture or ill-treatment).
The purpose of the program is to provide holistic services for the recovery from the consequences of torture suffered by asylum seekers and refugees, on a legal, social, psychological and medical level. Interdisciplinary cooperation is the key tool for achieving this goal.
The three partners combine their expertise in mutually complementary fields providing the best possible results. Babel with a focus on psychological support of immigrants, GCR with long experience on supporting refugees and people entitled to protection and MSF an international independent medical organization.
Interdisciplinary collaboration is the key for the program’s success and is served through the common management of cases by professionals of various disciplines (doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, lawyers) of all three organizations. The lawyers and social workers of GCR work closely with the professionals of BABEL and MSF, referring to them torture survivors to whom they are providing legal and social support, in order for them to receive, according to their needs, psychological, medical and psychiatric support. Respectively, they undertake the legal and social support of torture survivors referred to them by the other two organizations.
The framework of our collaboration is epitomized by the division of supervisory tasks of the individual aspects of the support provided, and by the frequent communication among the professionals in order to ensure an individualized approach to each beneficiary according to their needs.
The teams adopts a victim-centered and victim rights based approach.