Who We Are

The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture and violent conflict. We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.

Since our founding in 1985, CVT has:

  • Rehabilitated over 24,000 torture and war trauma survivors through direct healing.
  • Engaged in post-conflict community building after some of the world’s deadliest wars, working in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan and Kenya.
  • Pioneered research in torture survivor rehabilitation to better understand the effects of torture and how best to heal survivors.

Download our 2013 Annual Report for the Center for Victims of Torture (pdf) for highlights of our accomplishments.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Victims of Torture is to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to end torture worldwide.

“You have a very hard job, because it is your job to put the soul back in the body.”

- Survivor of Torture

Healing

We heal victims of torture through unique services and professional care worldwide.

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Training

We strengthen partners who heal torture survivors and work to prevent torture.

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Advocacy

We advocate for the protection & care of torture survivors and an end to torture.

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