ACCESS is now in its second year of funding of a three-year grant from ORR. They receive $175,000 for what ORR has dubbed an "ethnic" grant.
According to the ORR website, the grant ACCESS receives is designed to provide "refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society." But in addition, ACCESS receives an additional $250,000 dedicated solely to helping survivors of torture like Fleful.
For Fleful, daily life in Michigan is far removed from Iraq. She spends most of her days in the house, watching TV and preparing meals for herself. She does not work because she cannot speak English and finds it difficult to interact with the community around her. She spends days, sometimes even weeks, alone.
Her brother lives just a few miles down the road, she says, but she never sees him because he too is suffering from PTSD.
"I don't want to hear about any more trauma or anyone else dying," she says. "It hurts too much. But I can't forget what happened to me."