Director of Policy and Development

Peter Dross has served as the Center for Victims of Torture’s director of development since 1993 and its director of policy and development since 2007. He and his staff are responsible for all aspects of the organization’s contributed income, external relations and advocacy programs. During his tenure, CVT’s operating budget has increased from $750,000 to more than $13 million. Dross has deep experience in all aspects of individual and institutional philanthropy; he has also managed successful legislative initiatives on state and federal levels.  Additionally, he provided leadership to the successful 2008 Campaign to Ban Torture, which made a significant contribution to ending the United States’ use of torture and cruelty in counterterrorism efforts post-9/11.




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

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

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

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