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For 40 years, the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture has assisted hundreds of thousands of victims of torture to access rehabilitation services and obtain redress in every region of the world.

Find out more about our work: 2022 Factsheet

40 profiles of survivors and practitioners

To mark its 40th anniversary, the Fund will publish 40 profiles over 40 days, starting on 26 June, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The 40 stories will feature people from all corners of the globe who have survived the unthinkable and have managed to rebuild and give back. All continue to fight for the right to redress, healing, and humanity for torture survivors.

Profiles from African Countries

Profiles from Asian Countries

Profiles from Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Profiles from Eastern Europe Countries

Profiles from Western European and Other Countries

Impact on the ground

The Fund channels voluntary contributions to civil society organizations providing social, psychological, medical, legal and humanitarian services to torture survivors and their families. It received $10.4 million from 20 Member States in 2020 and counts on the support of a Group of Friends.

40th anniversary activities

The Fund launched anniversary commemoration in June during global webinar, "Fostering Civic Space to Obtain Redress and Accountability for Victims of Torture"

Read the article: "A victim of torture is one too many," says UN expert

How to make a contribution

The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is grateful for all contributions. Like all UN trust funds, the Torture Fund depends entirely on earmarked contributions. The Fund accepts donations from States, non-governmental organizations, business companies and other private entities, including individuals.

Most organizations applying for grants have long waiting lists. Your contribution can make a difference.

For information on how to contribute, you are kindly requested to contact Mélanie Clerc ([email protected]).

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commisoner for Human Rights