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

Torture and children:
Credit "True Heroes"
Rebuilding lives after torture - Ahmed
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Feature stories

Recovered identity: a reunion mends years of pain in Argentina

Recovered identity: a reunion mends years of pain in Argentina

In Argentina, Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, a civil society organization supported by the UN Fund for Victims of Torture, makes best use of DNA bank to help Guillermo find his true family.
26 April 2016

Information on the Torture Fund


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General information

From Horror to Healing: Victims' storiesFrom Horror to Healing: Victims' stories (PDF)

Fund flyer in A | E | F | S (PDF)

UNFVT Planflet 20162016 Fund's Facts (PDF)

Mission Statement of the Fund  in E | F | S (PDF)

How to apply/How to report to the Fund

Applications may be submitted between 15 January and 1 March every year
E | F | S (PDF)

How to apply

Emergency Funding

How to contribute to the Fund
Torture-related documents
Past torture-related events
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