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.
At the Center for Victims of Torture, every day we conduct our work with hope for a better future, with a goal of attaining human rights for all as described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each of our core values flows from our strong sense of hope for a better world for survivors, for our stakeholders and for each other.
We believe a better future is possible.
We commit to respecting the humanity of all people.
We commit to holding ourselves accountable, ensuring honesty and transparency.
We commit to dismantling barriers to justice and advancing opportunities for all.
We commit to listening to, working with and learning from survivors and each other.
Our work began when a young volunteer for Amnesty International, Rudy Perpich, Jr. asked his father – then governor of Minnesota – a tough question: “What are you doing for human rights?” Inspired by his son’s challenge, Governor Perpich directed a committee of human rights experts to research various initiatives. The most ambitious proposal from this group was a rehabilitation center for survivors of torture. In 1985, CVT opened its doors to survivors.
Employees at the Center for Victims of Torture are changing lives. We bring our talents, expertise and passion to work every day. We are fearless in our determination that human rights are fundamental, and we hold deep optimism that healing is possible and change is achievable. Learn More
CVT experts are dedicated professionals who work in locations in Africa, the Middle East and the United States to heal the wounds of torture and to bring an end to its use in the world. We bring our commitment, expertise, skills and specialized training to the locations where we can reach the greatest number of survivors of torture possible. Learn More
Our Board of Directors is composed of accomplished individuals who bring a wealth of expertise and diverse perspectives to guide our organization towards success. With a shared commitment to excellence, innovation, and ethical leadership, our board members play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction and ensuring the long-term sustainability of our organization. Learn More