About Utah Health and Human Rights

Utah Health and Human Rights (UHHR) was founded in 2003 by Cynthia Willard, M.D., in response to a limited understanding among medical service providers about the needs of torture survivors in Utah — specifically, how to recognize, assess, and care for survivors of torture within refugee, immigrant, and asylum-seeker communities. UHHR’s Medical Director, Mara Rabin, M.D., helped Dr. Willard keep UHHR open and running when she moved to California in 2004. UHHR’s services have significantly grown since that time.

Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of the world’s torture survivors. UHHR’s innovative, evidence-based, and holistic services promote health, dignity, and self-sufficiency, and are guided by profound respect for the dignity and resiliency of our clients. Our services are driven by our clients’ needs and include individual and group therapy, psychiatry clinics, intensive case management, medical advocacy, mind body skills groups, wellness groups, art therapy, wilderness experiences, massage, occupational therapy, and wrap-around services for asylum seekers.

Our Staff and Board


Our 990 Report (2017)

Major Supporters

  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
  • Ruth Eleanor Bamberger and John Ernest Bamberger Memorial Foundation
  • Sorenson Legacy Foundation
  • R. Harold Burton Foundation
  • McCarthey Family Foundation
  • United Way of Salt Lake
  • State of Utah
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

UHHR is a member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.