Lela Tsiskarishvili, Executive Director at the Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT), has been elected president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).
In an increasingly violent world, with a shrinking space for human rights and civil society, we [IRCT] can only do this if we support each other and act in unison, both within IRCT and within the global human rights community. The coming years will we [IRCT] will do all that is within our power to make our voice heard, and make a strong contribution to the defense of human rights globally”, said Lela Tsiskarishvili, the newly elected president of IRCT.
We welcome the new IRCT ExCom and President! Lela (President) is Executive Director at the Georgian Centre for Psychosocial Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims. Cristian (Vice-president) is the Executive co-coordinator at @CctiColectivo https://t.co/0axSGVAvH2 pic.twitter.com/c8kZTAlS84— IRCT (@IRCT) October 15, 2020
With a network of over 150 torture rehabilitation centres in 75 countries, ICRT is the world’s largest membership-based civil society, which treats and assists torture survivors and their families.
Tsiskarishvili is the founding member and the board member of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma, which is affiliated with the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She is actively involved in training and educating health and mental health professionals on trauma related issues in Georgia and internationally.