Torture has the aim and consequence of profoundly damaging a person’s physical and mental health, their identity, and their socio-economic relationships with family and community.
Many torture survivors suffer from chronic physical pain years after their abuse, and psychological symptoms such as anxiety, withdrawal and insomnia. The most frequent psychiatric diagnoses are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression.
Not only does torture violate personal integrity in these ways, but, according to survivors, it also deprives them of two fundamental forms of human agency: their right to livelihood; and their ability to speak out about what happened to them.
As the world’s largest source of knowledge on the health-based consequences of torture, the IRCT’s first mission is >Improved Rehabilitation services to torture survivors globally, ensuring they receive the best possible medical treatment to become healthy again.
Knowing healing is incomplete without a restoration of agency, the IRCT also supports survivors to develop >Better Livelihoods in order to access a stable income and the space and time that affords. And through working to improve >Survivor Engagement we aim to defeat torture stigma and silencing by amplifying the voices and demands of survivors in safe and inclusive environments.