Services offered by ICAR Foundation

Medical services: ICAR Foundation offers to Romanian former political prisoners and to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, as well as their close family members, a range of medical services that include: general medicine, psychiatry, cardiology, urology, physiotherapy and kinetotherapy.

The medical services that ICAR provides also include medical examinations and certificates (somatic, psychiatric and psychological reports) documenting physical and psychological consequences of trauma (i.e. torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment). Examinations are scheduled / reports are issued upon request of clients’ lawyers, other NGOs or the Court.

Psychological services: ICAR specialists provide psychological evaluations, psychological counseling and psychotherapy for victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment among Romanian former political prisoners and asylum seekers and refugees.

Social services: ICAR offers to refugees and asylum seekers services that consist of social counseling and information, educational activities (Romanian/ English language classes), cultural activities (cultural orientation sessions, visits to museums, parks and cultural sites), recreational activities (artistic and documentary film projections, drawing and painting,) and aim at establishing  a support network for the beneficiaries in order to prevent their isolation and contribute to their integration in Romanian society.

The activities are organized and conducted by ICAR’s psycho-social specialists with the help of volunteers.  Most of them are developed as outreach services and take place in the Bucharest Regional Reception and Accommodation Centre for Asylum Seekers.

Legal services: For victims of serious human rights abuses ICAR is implementing a strategic litigation project aiming to test the Romanian judicial system in dealing with such cases. ICAR also offers legal counseling and representation in court during the asylum procedure for asylum seekers that have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment in their country of origin.

All services are free of charge and are offered by trained and experienced professionals. Beneficiaries belonging to the above-mentioned categories are identified and referred to ICAR’s medical rehabilitation centre in Bucharest by ICAR’s psycho-social staff or by other relevant institutions and NGOs. Appointments can be made at tel. 0040 21 321 22 21.

Tatiana Dabija

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