Who We Are | Center for Victims of Torture

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 33,000 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.

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

- Survivor of Torture

CVT Mission, Vision and Values

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.

The Center for Victims of Torture's vision is a world without torture.


We believe a better future is possible.

Human Dignity
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.


2017-2019 Strategic Plan

CVT’s 2017-19 strategic plan builds on recent years’ focus on expansion to meet the urgent needs of survivors of torture through direct services in the U.S. and abroad; building of the torture survivor rehabilitation movement through training and technical assistance, both in the U.S. and abroad; increasing CVT’s ability to influence policy; and strengthening and leveraging our evidence-based approach to programming.

This new strategic plan builds on this solid foundation, and it reflects, adapts and evolves so that CVT can achieve even more in fulfillment of our mission.



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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