Influencing others

Freedom from Torture seeks to protect and promote the rights of survivors both in the UK and worldwide, drawing on the extensive evidence base it has built up over twenty five years and the skills and experience of its staff, volunteers and survivors themselves.

Freedom from Torture challenges the attitudes of policy makers and the public, working with a wide range of partners to influence improvements in government policy and legislation, in order to help large numbers of survivors. The organisation works with others internationally to hold perpetrators to account and seek access to justice for survivors. 

News and media

The media plays a vital role in informing public debate. Freedom from Torture works with journalists and media outlets to highlight the continuing practice of torture around the world and the need for our services, the challenges met by torture survivors, and to dispel myths about asylum seekers and refugees. Read our news and comment in the media centre.

Training and capacity building

Freedom from Torture builds the skills and capacity of other organisations and providers who come into contact with torture survivors, extending Freedom from Torture's reach to help more individuals in need. Find out how they work.

Policy and advocacy

Freedom from Torture's policy and advocacy work involves the detailed analysis of government policy and development of recommendations used to influence decision-makers - including politicians and the UK Border Agency - to better protect the rights of torture survivors. The organisation works with international governmental organisations, including the United Nations, to prevent torture and hold its perpetrators to account and also pursues change through strategic litigation in the UK courts.

Human rights research

Developing and delivering research that supports policy, advocacy, campaigning, training  and capacity building agendas, Freedom from Torture’s research projects defend and promote survivors’ human rights by harnessing the organisation’s rich evidence base. Search for publications.

Survivor activism

Freedom from Torture campaigns for real and lasting change in the external world for survivors of torture. Find out more about survivors speaking out for themselves at Survivor Voices.

Legal case-work

Family, welfare, child, immigration and asylum and human rights law changes frequently. Freedom from Torture's legal casework function enables clinicians to understand how law and policy affects their clients. This enables them to empower clients in the asylum process and help them understand the domestic legal system and how to access justice effectively.