Many of the new refugees from Tibet are political prisoners who have been subjected to brutal inhuman torture in Chinese prisons. They suffer from mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorders. Thus, the Department in 1991 began Tibetan Torture Survivors Program in order to take care of the growing number of tortured Tibetan prisoners of conscience. The program’s main objective is to rehabilitate Tibetan torture victims by making them physically, mentally and economically self-reliant. The program therefore provides medical and social benefits, in addition to counselling services. Since its inception, the program has provided social and medical benefits to over 648 victims. As of March 2013, the program is supporting 95 torture victims.