International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: IRCT Fellows Make a Difference

June 26th is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, a day to call on all stakeholders, civil society and individuals around the globe to unite in support of victims of torture and those who are still being tortured.

To commemorate International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we recognize all that the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) has done to eliminate torture and offer health-based rehabilitation services to support torture victims in recovery. Founded in 1985, the IRCT has grown into a global network of rehabilitation centers. Now there are more than 160 member centers in over 70 countries.

To further the IRCT’s mission, the Hilton Prize Coalition has provided resources to staff five Fellows placements at the IRCT.

Here are the Fellows who have made an impact at the IRCT and beyond.

Learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program and all our Fellows do.

Fellows Snapshots

José Miguel Guzmán Rojas

As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Chile, José supported CINTRAS, a member of the IRCT, in submitting a report to the UN Committee against Torture’s review of Chile.

Thuvarakai Kandasamy

Thuvarakai was part of the GATE (Global Anti-Torture Evidence) project, which aims to improve the rehabilitation services provided to victims of torture and fight impunity through advocacy. 

Alexandre Leal de Freitas

Alexandre was a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Copenhagen Denmark. As a fellow, he worked on the IRCT’s initiative concerning the rehabilitation of LGBTI victims of torture.

Harry Shepherd

Harry supported the Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) project at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims Secretariat in Denmark.

Barbara Giovanelli

In her Fellowship, Barbara investigated the effects of sexual methods of torture on victims, a field that is largely under-reported.

About the Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the  Fellows Program, the  Collaborative Models Program  and the  Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat,  Global Impact.

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