The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture
NEW! From Horror to Healing: Victims tell their stories
The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is a unique and universal humanitarian tool available to the UN and OHCHR providing direct assistance to victims of torture and their family members wherever torture occurs – as outlined in its Mission statement: E | F | S (PDF) and Q&A on the Fund.
The Fund aims at healing the physical and psychological consequences of torture on victims and their families, and thus restoring their dignity and role in the society.
Since its establishment by the General Assembly in 1981 (resolution 36/151 - PDF), the Fund has awarded more than 620 organizations and rehabilitation centres worldwide reaching out to over 50,000 victims every year.
The Fund is managed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the advice of a Board of Trustees composed of independent experts from the five world regions.
2016: The Torture Fund celebrates its 35th anniversary
In 2016, the Torture Fund will celebrate its 35th anniversary since its establishment by the General Assembly in 1981. This commemorative year provides a timely opportunity for renewed and increased support to this vital mechanism. It is also a stark reminder of the continuous plight of thousands of victims who are in dire need of assistance.
Videos: Stories from the Fund