40th anniversary of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

40th anniversary of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

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: 2021 Factsheet

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"

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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 (melanie.clerc@un.org).

High Commissioner for Human Rights


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United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture,
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Tel: (41) 22 917 9315
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Email: ohchr-unvfvt@un.org