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 2012 Annual Report for the Center for Victims of Torture (pdf) for highlights of our accomplishments.
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