At the end of one of the bloodiest centuries in human history, the international community made a commitment to end impunity, help prevent the gravest crimes known to humanity and bring justice to victims with the adoption of the Rome Statute. The treaty, voted for by 120 states in 1998, established the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute those responsbile for genocide, crimes agianst humanity and war crimes. In July of 2002, the ICC under the Rome Statute officially came into force and the Trust Fund for Victims was born with the purpose of encouraging restorative justice through the provision of assistance to victims of crimes that fall within the Court's jurisdiction.
The TFV envisions a world where the rights of individuals are fulfilled and where survivors of the gravest human rights violations are empowered to live a life of hope, dignity and respect.
To support programs which address the harm resulting from the crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC by assisting victims to return to a dignified and contributory life within their communities.
Respect - The Trust Fund for Victims will value each person for their thoughts, opinions, diversity, and personal needs. Respect is often thought of as earned or built over time. Often, continued caring interactions are required to maintain or increase feelings of respect among individuals, communities, and institutions.
Trustworthy - is a value and virtue of a person or institution in whom you can place your trust and rest assured that the trust shall not be betrayed. A person can prove their trustworthiness by fulfilling an assigned responsibility - and as an extension of that, not to let down expectations. In general, in order for trust to be earned, worth and integrity must be proven over time. The Trust Fund for Victims commits to being a high-trust organization driving its relationships, leadership, structure, actions, rewards and key processes.
Transparency - is defined as the extent to which ethical and unethical behaviour and its consequences are visible to those managers and employees who can act upon it. Transparency should include (but not be limited to) sharing information about programmes, services, actions and finances with the public.
Collaboration - The Trust Fund for Victims recognizes collaboration and teamwork as the key to synergy ensuring we work with each other to achieve shared goals, or where organizations work together to realize shared goals by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus.
Accountability - is both a promise and an obligation to deliver specific, defined results. Accountability starts with aligning our services and programmes with the mission and strategic goals and ensuring they are successful. We accept ownership for our actions and decisions. Accountability, as we define it, does not apply in an abstract way to departments, work groups, or entire organisations. Accountability belongs to everyone and is first and foremost a personal commitment to the organisation and to those that the organization serves and for its results.
Integrity - The Trust Fund for Victims will foster trust and honesty in all interactions, and behave according to established professional standards of excellence. Integrity includes the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; and the state of being whole and undivided. We will be truthful, dependable and fair in all actions to ensure good governance, transparency, and accountability, acting with honesty and honour without compromising the truth.