Conference And Scientific Papers

COALITION FOR WORK WITH PSYCHOTRAUMA AND PEACE
KOALICIJA ZA RAD SA PSIHOTRAUMOM I MIR

Pragmatic Engagement of the Spirit

Charles David Tauber M.D.
Sandra Marić, M.A. Soc.
©CWWPP 2016

Introduction

The Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace (CWWPP) was formed informally in 1994
by a group of physicians, social workers, and others in response to the wars involving the
breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The primary registration of the CWWPP is in The Netherlands as a “stichting”, the most common
form of registration for non-governmental voluntary organizations. We are registered in
Croatia as a foreign non-governmental organization. The organization also is registered as a
non-profit organization in the USA and has 501(c)(3) status. The organization has consultative
status with the UN (ECOSOC). Further, the CWWPP is engaged with the Croatian Ministry of
Justice in a program of probation and rehabilitation.

During the more than 21 years, the CWWPP has been working in Eastern Croatia and BosniaHerzegovina.
We have worked with refugees, torture survivors, and war-traumatized groups.
We believe it is time to apply our experience and passion towards helping a larger number of
migrants and their helpers.

Charles Tauber comes from a refugee family and grew up in a neighborhood in New York
consisting of asylum seekers and refugees and, before coming to the CWWPP, worked in
movements for social change, this since 1966. From 1988 until 1995, Dr. Tauber worked with a
number of groups doing examination and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in The
Netherlands, including the Medical Examination Group run jointly by Amnesty International and
the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (the successor of this group is
the IMMO, still working in The Netherlands). Further, during this period, he trained a variety of
workers with asylum seekers and refugees including doctors, nurses, social workers, workers in
collective centers, and lay volunteers. During this period, he wrote a training manual in Dutch
for lay volunteers on work with asylum seekers and refugees. Charles Tauber is a Friend,
currently a member of Northeast Netherlands Monthly Meeting of Dutch Yearly Meeting.

Sandra Marić is a sociologist brought up in a diverse ethnic background in Zagreb, where she
also studied. She has worked as a teacher of social studies, including psychology, sociology,

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