Born from a collaboration between Danish doctors and human rights groups in the 1970s, today IRCT is the world’s largest membership-based organisation specialising in the treatment and documentation of torture. Operating at the intersection of medicine and law, we currently have 156 member centres in 76 countries across every region of the world, staffed by around 4,000 professionals – doctors, psychologists, lawyers, social workers, physiotherapists, and others.
IRCT’s Torture Journal is the world’s leading academic source for peer-reviewed research and debate from the medical and legal frontiers of torture rehabilitation and prevention. Our Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG) is a unique organisation of 42 distinguished experts from 23 countries specialised in the forensic investigation and documentation of torture and ill-treatment.
Backed by a Secretariat in Copenhagen and an office in Brussels, each year IRCT collectively supports some 60,000 torture survivors to rebuild their lives, and we engage in over 12,000 advocacy interventions, including at the UN in Geneva and with regional and national courts, to promote justice and reparations for victims, and to pressure States to end torture.