The Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) Project

Across the globe hundreds of rehabilitation centres are providing services to thousands of survivors of torture on a daily basis, yet not all are systematically capturing the data of their clients in a way that it can be used to create long-term change. Without hard facts and the ability to identify trends locally, nationally and globally the impunity of perpetrators is likely to continue.

Through the DFI Project, in June 2014 12 rehabilitation centres from around the world were brought together to develop and test a data collection system to enable them to collect clinical data and integrate the documentation of torture at all stages of the rehabilitation process. This data can then be used to create powerful evidence-based approaches with the potential to mobilise the public and to target governments to take action and to disseminate evidence-based outputs to support anti-impunity work.

These centres started to use the database in February 2015 and to adapt it to their practices, share reports about the identify of survivors, the places they were tortured, how they were tortured and by who. They have since been joined by 20 additional rehabilitation centres for phase two of the project.

Data is now being collected by 33 rehabilitation centres in 28 countries with the capacity to offer this opportunity to all IRCT member centres at the end of 2016 when they gather at the 10th IRCT International Scientific Symposium in Mexico. Obtaining concrete information is key, but the partners then need to use it effectively. Communications and advocacy are key elements of the project and throughout the first two years of the project partners received training on how to identify the most useful and powerful tools that will enable them to make progress to achieve whatever change they want to make in their context.

Central to the communications work being done under the project is to use the data to show patterns and trends in torture and to use this information to issue reports, videos, social media that focus on the people who are targetted for torture, its consequences for them, their families and communities. Most importantly, the approaches taken aim to ensure that the journey of survivors of torture to rehabilitate is brought out into the open where ever possible and that there is no impunity for perpetrators.

Partners in the DFI project are becoming leaders in the field, strengthening their roles as resources in the sector and supporting other centres in their regions. In the future the database will become the basis for data collection for rehabilitation centres going forward.

To find out more, download the Project Brochure.

33 Centres In 28 Countries


  • EATIP, Argentina
  • CTV, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • TCC, Cameroon
  • AJPNV, Chad
  • MATESO, Kenyali
  • CCTI, Mexico
  • TPO Nepal, Nepal
  • TRC Palestine, Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • MAG, Philippines
  • BALAY, Philippines
  • IAN, Serbia
  • RCT Zagreb, Croatia (Associate Partner)

Implementing Centres

  • ARCT, Albania
  • FAVL, Armenia
  • CRTS, Bangladesh
  • ITEI, Bolivia
  • RCT/EMPATHY, Georgia
  • CPTRT, Honduras
  • CORE – H2H, India
  • SOSRAC, India
  • CAT, Kenya
  • CLDH-Centre Nassim, Lebanon
  • KHIAM, Lebanon
  • RCTV MEMORIA, Moldova
  • PRAWA, Nigeria
  • CPT, Russia
  • CAPREC, Senegal
  • TCSVT, South Africa
  • SURASO, Sri Lanka
  • FRCSL, Sri Lanka
  • HRFT, Turkey
  • ACTV, Uganda


For further information please contact Leanne MacMillan at or Lisa Haagensen at


“I think healthcare professionals have a unique ability and position in stopping and preventing torture around the world. They have a deep knowledge and understanding of the impact of torture. They know what it does to the mind and body as well as the total person and the family.”

- Dr. Karen Hanscom

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