Cordelia FoundationProjects and activities
- Psychological torture
- Civil society organisations
- Refugees & Asylum seekers / Migrants
- Relatives of victims of human rights violations
- Victims of torture and ill-treatment
The Cordelia Foundation was established in 1996 with the aim to assist torture survivors and severely traumatized asylum seekers, refugees and their family members arriving in Hungary through psychiatric, psycho-therapeutic and psychological treatment or psycho-social counseling.
The initiator of the Foundation's activity is Dr Lilla Hárdi, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, who is the medical director of the organisation.
Cordelia is an accredited member of the Copenhagen-based International Rehabilitation and Research Council for Torture Victims (IRCT),a global network. At present Cordelia is the only civil organisation in Hungary treating psycho-social and somatic problems of refugees and asylum seekers. The services of the Foundation supplement the national health care services through a comprehensive treatment system. The professional team, consisting of therapists (psychiatrists, psychologists, non-verbal therapists) with multicultural experiences and training, generally treats the refugee clients at the reception centres. Their work is assisted by intercultural mediators and trained interpreters. Using their internationally acknowledged methods they treated annually 600-800 clients but the numbers have decreased in the past year. Cordelia Foundation regularly provides training and supervision for professionals working with refugees.