Our Mission & Our Guiding Principles

Our Mission

To advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture and trauma

Our Guiding Principles

  • Torture is an unacceptable violation of human rights regardless of the perpetrator or the purposes for which torture is used
  • Survivors of torture have the right to services to support their recovery from the harm inflicted on them
  • The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST) is independent and not aligned politically, and will denounce the use of torture by any regime
  • We will provide services that support our clients to rebuild their lives and foster their self-determination and independence
  • We will advocate for policies that respect and advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of refugees and asylum seekers
  • We will maintain a productive, innovative and sustainable culture that supports and strengthens the capacity of our staff
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