The Privacy Policy of The War Survivors Institute (WSI)

This website is owned and operated by the War Survivors Institute (WSI). We know that visitors to our website want to understand how the information they provide to us, either online or via other methods, is managed and utilized. This is the policy that informs you about this.

WSI respects the privacy of all people who visit our website, join us in our mission, receive our mailings, utilize our services, or donate to us. If you have questions about this privacy policy, you may contact us at

Information and data collected by WSI

We do not collect personally identifiable information (PII) from individuals unless they voluntarily provide it to WSI or its contractors. You do not have to provide any information to us to visit our website. PII may be collected if someone asks to receive any WSI materials, including the RHS-15 via JOT forms or asks and agrees to be on our mailing list or donates to us.

Our web server automatically recognizes your device information when you visit our website, such as browser type, operating system, your device’s IP address; the length of time you visit our website; and the referring URL. Our server also recognizes sites and/or webpages that referred you to our website. WSI does not overtly utilize any of this automatic recognizable data as of May 9, 2022. If we begin to do so, we will change this part of this privacy policy.

We may share the voluntarily provided personal information to conduct our business of mutual interest, such as to:

Contracted Providers, such as contractors who perform services for war survivors; contractors and vendors who conduct functions on our behalf, such as hosting our website and processing payments. Such providers are beholden to their privacy policies. Any providers who contract with WSI sign a release to be confidential with PII at risk of financial penalty.

Other Not-for-Profit Organizations. We may disclose relevant information that we collect with other not-for-profit organizations with whom we conduct business such as grant funded projects.

We may also share information if:

We need to in order to comply with the law, such as respond to a court order, a judicial proceeding, or other legal process.

We believe it is necessary to take action regarding illegal activities, such as investigate fraud or suspected fraud, look into situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, discover any possible violations of our Terms and Conditions or this Policy, or discover evidence about litigation we might be involved in.

We materially alter our financial and organizational status, such as sell to or are merged with another organization, if all of our assets are transferred to another organization, or we have a bankruptcy proceeding.

We share aggregate or de-identified information with other entities for marketing, advertising, research or similar purposes.

Protection of your voluntarily provided information

We have security measures to protect the information we hold from unauthorized access, disclosure, misuse or alteration, and loss or destruction. We use encryption designed to secure the use of sensitive user information, including credit card information. This method, coupled with using known and secure third-party payors reflects high industry standard security protocol, which makes it difficult for anyone to intercept your credit card information. Furthermore, we do not store credit card numbers on our computers or servers. Instead, WSI utilizes a third-party payor and collector who uses reference tokens to process current and future transactions. WSI staff cannot access your credit card information at any time. Despite these ongoing security efforts, no data security measures are guaranteed to be free from risk.

If you prefer to donate to WSI by mail, please send your check to War Survivors Institute, 5318 E. Second Street, #703, Long Beach, CA 90803-5324.

This website and Privacy Policy is published in the United States and subject to laws of the United States and the State of California, regardless of your location. By entering the website, you hereby expressly consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the federal and state courts located in Los Angeles County in the State of California for any and all matters or disputes relating to this Privacy Policy or your access or use of the website.

If you live or are located in a country outside the United States when you view the website and voluntarily submit personal information to us, you thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Policy and to the transfer of that information to, and/or storage of that information in, the United States. WSI shall not be liable under any circumstances for damages resulting from use of information collected from visitors to this website. You are under no obligation to disclose any personal information to WSI.

Children’s privacy

WSI does not seek or knowingly ask for information of children age 14 and under. Children who visit this site and their parents or legal guardians are responsible for the child’s activities on this site.

Links to other sites

WSI may provide links and “clicks” to other sites. This Privacy Policy applies only to the War Survivors Institute, and WSI is not responsible for the privacy of information on other website(s) even when we are partners with the owners of the other website(s).

Opt-out Policy

If you do not want to receive mail, email or phone calls from us in the future, or if you would like us to no longer share your information with other not-for-profit organizations, please let us know by sending your request via email to

Possible exceptions to this opt-out policy

WSI may be required to disclose personal information if compelled by law or a regulatory body. WSI may also disclose personal information when we have good evidence to think that doing so will help bring anyone conducting criminal activity to justice, or will help pursue anyone that is trying to cause harm or injury, either intentional or unintentional, to WSI, its contractors, its members and supporters.

Changes to Privacy Policy

WSI may revise this Privacy Policy without advance notice. As such, we recommend that you check for updates to this Privacy Policy. Changes were last made to this Privacy Policy on May 9, 2022.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact

WSI appreciates your viewing and use of our website. We aspire to a world connected and trusting of each other so that war is less likely. While you accept this Privacy Policy and know that you are not obligated to disclose any personal information by the fact you have agreed by viewing this policy, WSI is open to dialogue and input about our website and this Privacy Policy.