Maxine Freedman

Maxine Freedman ’18

Amy Ostermeier Human Rights Fellowship Summer 2017

National Capacity Building Intern at the Center for Victims of Torture.

This summer I've gotten to work with the technical assistance arm of the Center for Victims of Torture that leads capacity building for organizations across the nation who treat survivors of torture. My project has included updating an e-learning course on the fundamentals of treating survivors of torture, researching integrated care and evidence based practices for treating survivors of torture, and other tasks like writing the quarterly digest and creating a summary of past program evaluations. This project has allowed me to learn so much more about the effects of torture on survivors, how survivors are treated in the United States, and how an international organization works with its funders and partners.

About me:

I'm a native of Chicago where I grew up with my parents and younger sister Sophie (who incidentally is starting at Macalester in the fall!). At Mac, I am majoring in political science and am particularly interested in international development; I have worked on development projects in Nicaragua and researched community development in Chile. I love getting to know the Twin Cities through community service at various organizations, leading the Macalester Jewish Organization, and playing violin in Macalester's orchestra. Over the past two summers, I have learned about how trauma (including childhood trauma and torture) impacts the lifespan and I have helped families and communities heal from trauma. After Mac, I hope to do the Peace Corps in Latin America and eventually work internationally to help families flourish.

Thank You:

Thank you so much for providing me with this opportunity to learn more about a major human rights issue—torture—and the individuals and organizations that work tirelessly to end torture and help survivors to heal. I have been so inspired by the Center for Victims of Torture's multidisciplinary approach to ending torture as well as excited by my ability to support them through research. I hope to continue learning about the effects that traumas like torture have on individuals and work with my communities to build strong networks for healing. This would not have been possible without your support.