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scribed in paragraph (1).”.

(b) FUNDING.

(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.-Of

the amounts authorized to be appropriated for fiscal years 1999 and 2000 pursuant to chapter 1 of part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, there are authorized to be appropriated to the President $5,000,000 for fiscal year 1999 and $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2000 to carry out section 129 of the Foreign Assistance Act, as added by subsection (a).

(2) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.-Amounts appropriated pursuant to this subsection shall remain available until expended.

(c) EFFECTIVE DATE.-The amendment made by

16 subsection (a) shall take effect October 1, 1998.

17 SEC. 5. DOMESTIC TREATMENT CENTERS.

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(a) ASSISTANCE FOR TREATMENT OF TORTURE VIC19 TIMS.-The Secretary of Health and Human Services may 20 provide grants to programs in the United States to cover

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(1) Services for the rehabilitation of victims of

torture, including treatment of the physical and psy

chological effects of torture.

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ture.

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(2) Social and legal services for victims of tor

(3) Research and training for health care providers outside of treatment centers, or programs for

the purpose of enabling such providers to provide the services described in paragraph (1).

(b) FUNDING.

(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.-Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated for the Department of Health and Human Services for fis

cal years 1999 and 2000, there are authorized to be appropriated to carry out subsection (a) (relating to assistance for domestic centers and programs for the treatment of victims of torture) $5,000,000 for fiscal year 1999, and $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2000.

(2) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.-Amounts appropriated pursuant to this subsection shall remain available until expended.

19 SEC. 6. MULTILATERAL ASSISTANCE.

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(a) FUNDING.-Of the amounts authorized to be ap21 propriated for fiscal years 1999 and 2000 pursuant to 22 chapter 3 of part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, 23 there are authorized to be appropriated to the United Na24 tions Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (in this sec

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(1) FISCAL YEAR 1999.-For fiscal year 1999,

$3,000,000.

(2) FISCAL YEAR 2000.-For fiscal year 2000, $3,000,000.

(b) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.-Amounts appro

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(c) SENSE OF CONGRESS.-It is the sense of the Con11 gress that the President, acting through the United States 12 Permanent Representative to the United Nations,

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(1) request the Fund

(A) to find new ways to support and protect treatment centers and programs that are

carrying out rehabilitative services for victims of torture; and

(B) to encourage the development of new such centers and programs;

(2) use the voice and vote of the United States

to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on

Torture and the Committee Against Torture estab

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Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or

Punishment; and

(3) use the voice and vote of the United States to establish a country rapporteur or similar procedural mechanism to investigate human rights violations in a country if either the Special Rapporteur or the Committee Against Torture indicates that a

systematic practice of torture is prevalent in that country.

10 SEC. 7. SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR CONSULAR PERSON

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(a) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary of State shall pro

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(4) the identification of the physical, cognitive, and emotional effects of torture, and the manner in

which these effects can affect the interview or hearing process; and

(5) the manner of interviewing victims of torture so as not to retraumatize them, eliciting the necessary information to document the torture expe

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often have in recounting their torture experience.

(b) GENDER-RELATED CONSIDERATIONS.-In con4 ducting training under subsection (a) (4) or (5), gender5 specific training shall be provided on the subject of inter6 acting with women and men who are victims of torture 7 by rape or any other form of sexual violence.

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