GCRT was founded in October 2000 with the support of the International Centre for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (IRCT).
The aim of the organization is to provide expert assistance to people suffering from the after-effects of trauma and those who have been subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment.
Since our founding, the organization has brought together a team of experts with experience in working with individuals who have endured trauma and have been affected by war.
The assistance provided includes establishing medical diagnoses, offering psychological, social and legal counselling and, where necessary, providing rehabilitation and treatment.
Initially, the centre focused on three main target groups:
- Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).
- Individuals tortured by law enforcement agencies.
- Refugees from Chechnya.
Over time, the spectrum of target groups has expanded, and the size of the centre has increased considerably.
Starting in 2003, GCRT has established a number of new offices in the various regions of Georgia.
The first regional office was opened in Akhmeta, which operated in the Pankisi Gorge and assisted Chechen refugees during 2003-2010.
In 2007, GCRT opened two additional offices in Kutaisi and Batumi and in 2010, one in Gori.
The organization now comprises three offices, one of which is the headquarters in Tbilisi.
Mission and Vision
GCRT has a multidisciplinary team of 40 professionals consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, general practitioners, and social workers.