Org. Structure - HPAT Coalition


As with any coalition, HPAT strives to maintain and respect member organizations' independence while utilizing the unique strengths of each organization to promote and enhance the work of the coalition. Day to day administrative tasks of HPAT will be lead by the Executive Director. In defining the structure and decision making processes of the coalition, the following principles will guide us:

1. We will utilize the existing resources of organizations to promote our initiative and the goals of the coalition.

2. All decisions about structure are discussed and decided upon in an open and transparent manner.

3. As members of different organizations take on specific responsibilities in the work of the coalition they will report progress both to their own organization and to the Coordinating Committee.

4. Each organization retains the ability to act independently in addressing specific issues related to their respective organization.

5. A Coordinating Committee (CC) of elected individuals from member organizations and/or individuals will be formed to coordinate with the ED on managing HPAT. The current CC is an interim committee made of the founders of HPAT and their term will end in 12 months and elections for new members of the coordinating committee will be held. Terms of membership on the CC will be 1 and 2 years to ensure continuity.

Working Groups

Member organizations and individuals are able to directly engage and work with HPAT through a number of working groups. Volunteers are welcome as long as a commitment to active engagement is understood. A number of working groups will be established so that individuals may participate in areas best suited to their talents. These groups will include:

1. Media
The Media Group would be responsible for drafting press releases, interacting with the media and all forms of communicating the coalition's work to the world. This will include providing content for the website.

2. Research
The Research Group will be responsible for reviewing and cataloging the existing literature on torture and the role of health professionals in torture. This group will be responsible for keeping track of research developments, monitoring literature, and helping to identify countries and non-state actors involved in torture.

How HPAT promotes its goals

Health Professionals Against Torture uses many methods in our goal of ending torture and the participation of health professionals and clinicians in the torture project. These methods include (but are not limited to) press releases, letters of protest, research, position papers, and consultation to treating clinicians and survivors of torture. This will be done via electronic media, publications, website activism, press conferences, and international conventions and meetings.