About Us

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.

Mission statement

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.

Strategic Goals

  • Assisting victims and their families to overcome harm, lead a dignified life, and contribute towards reconciliation and peace-building within their communities as a result of support provided by the TFV. This support will be realized through quality programmes that promote meaningful participation, strengthened systems, enhanced learning and innovation to build and reinforce sustainable local capacity.
  • Public and private donors, as well as fines and forfeitures, provide the TFV with sufficient resources to operate its assistance and reparations programmes in ICC situations.
  • The TFV is a powerful advocate of the rights of victims and their families in the global justice system and humanitarian sector through the provision of assistance and reparations ordered by the ICC.
  • The TFV, acting in a collaborative partnership with the ICC, helps to promote good governance, accountability and transparency throughout its activities and in accordance with the requirements set out by its mandates. States Parties ensure sufficient resources for the TFV Secretariat to fulfil its mission and mandates.  

Cross-Cutting Themes

  1. Support the advancement of women’s human rights; increase the participation of women and incorporating gender perspectives including addressing disparities; and the impact of sexual and gender-based violence in line with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security.
  2. Restore dignity and promote peace building, community reconciliation, acceptance, and social inclusion through conflict-prevention, the rebuilding of community safety nets, and mitigation of stigma, discrimination, and trauma.
  3. Support the rights of children affected by armed conflict by supporting intergenerational responses for integrating and rehabilitating former child soldiers and other war-affected youth in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
  4. Develop and implement communications and outreach initiatives for cultivating relationships, enhancing visibility, mobilising communities, changing attitudes, managing crisis, generating support, and encouraging financial contributions.
  5. Based on best practice and evidence-based programming, link grant-making to technical and organisational capacity building activities to ensure sustainability.
  6. Work with implementing partners to assess, mitigate and evaluate the likely environmental impact of a proposed project or programme, taking into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural and human-health impacts, both beneficial and adverse.
  7. Facilitate action learning through participatory planning, research, programming, monitoring and evaluation by safeguarding a dynamic, interactional, and transformative process between people, groups, and institutions that enables victims both individually and collectively, to realize their full potential and be engaged in their own redress.

Core Values

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.