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, twelve rehabilitation centres from around the world were brought together in June 2014 to develop and test a clinical data collection system, one that would 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 their treatment populations, places of torture, methods of torture and types of perpetrators. During phase 2 of the project an additional 21 rehabilitation centres were brought on board. Data is now being collected by 33 rehabilitation centres in 28 countries with the capacity to offer this opportunity to all IRCT member centres by the end of 2017.

Obtaining concrete information is key, but the centres also need to use it effectively. Communications and advocacy are therefore 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 given contexts.

Central to the communications work is the use of 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 targeted for torture and its consequences for them, their families and communities. Most importantly, this approach seeks to bring the journey of survivors of torture out in the open and fight impunity wherever possible.

 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 Lisa Haagensen at lh@irct.org


“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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