The bill amends “the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for the treatment of victims of torture.” The bill authorizes $12 million per year in FY2010 and FY2011 for the President to appropriate for foreign treatment centers of torture victims. Additionally, the bill authorizes $12 million per year in FY2010 and FY2011 to be contributed to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture.
Timeline of the bill:
- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 4, 2009.
- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 13, 2010.
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) submitted a cost estimate on April 20, 2010.
- Placed on the Senate legislative calendar and submitted with a report on May 13, 2010.