The number 7,500 is one that Douglas Johnson still remembers--though it's been 15 years since he heard that this was the estimated number of refugees in Minnesota who were victims of torture. That total since has increased to 30,000 in the state and to more than 500,000 in the United States.
It was hearing about the continued silent suffering for many of these new immigrants that prompted Johnson to accept a five-year contract to direct the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis.
Johnson became the third staff member when he joined the center in 1988. This year, it has 50 employees in the United States and another 150 worldwide.
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