According to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, the share of refugee women seeking international protection has increased from 10,000 to 41,000 in 10 years in a general context of tougher reception policies, and in particular following the 2015 and 2018 asylum reforms. This observation is shared by the Centre Primo Levi (CPL), created in 1995, which provides free medical and psychotherapeutic care to victims of torture and political violence and exiles in Paris, and receives nearly 45% of women and girls each year.
To meet the needs of this extremely vulnerable public, the CPL offers its patients comprehensive care, and completes the classic care path through social and legal support. Supported women receive a global follow-up, so that they can rebuild themselves, get out of isolation and of great precariousness and obtain their status as asylum seekers which will also facilitate their access to common law arrangements.
The Centre Primo Levi has as its social object the care and support of people victims of torture and political violence, today exiled in France. Its main tasks are structured around three complementary axes:
– Reception and direct care of victims of torture and other forms of violence;
– Transmission of experience and training of professionals;
– Testimony and mobilization of opinion and public authorities.