Who we work with?

1.     Victims of torture

We work directly with the people whose rights have been violated by the state, who have suffered state violence, torture, and other forms of ill-treatment in their families and communities. You can read their testimonies here.

2.     Coalición contra la Tortura

The coalition promotes and articulates joint actions with the purpose of getting governments to comply with the national laws and international instruments for the prevention, investigation and punishment of acts of torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


ITEI promoted the creation of a coalition against torture with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bolivia (OHCHR). The members of the coalition are: 

Instituto de Terapia e Investigación sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura y la Violencia de Estado (ITEI)

Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Bolivia (APDHB)

Comunidad de Derechos Humanos

Capítulo Boliviano de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo

Pastoral Penitenciaria Católica de Bolivia

Sociedad Boliviana de Ciencias Forences


CDC: Programada Orientación Jurídica, Asistencial, Legal y Conciliación Capacitación y Derechos Ciudadanos

Pastoral Social Caritas​

Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de La Paz (APDHLP)

3.     IRCT

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims is a coalition of several organisations around the world that works to support the rehabilitation of torture victims and to prevent torture worldwide. Its membership consists of 150 independent organisations from 70 different countries. The work of the IRCT is directed by the member organisations.

Today, IRCT is the biggest civil organisation working to prevent torture and rehabilitate its victims. Through its membership of the council, ITEI has provided help for other organisations and correspondingly gained international support and expertise from other members.

4.     OMCT

Created in 1985, the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) is currently the main international coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and every other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 organizations around the world, associated with the SOS-Torture Network, and with thousands of associates in other countries, the OMCT is the most important active network of NGOs working in the field of protecting and promoting human rights worldwide.

ITEI is a member of the OMCT coalition. We have been invited to participate in various events and we have collaborated with the OMCT and its member organisations in regards to legal assistance for the persons affected by torture.

5.     APT

The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) was founded in 1977 by the Swiss banker and lawyer, Jean-Jacques Gautier. The association's work is based on the fact that torture and other forms of ill-treatment take place behind closed doors, out of the public views. Because of this, the organisation promotes transparency in all places of detention.

ITEI has attended various events organised by the APT related to the Optional Protocol against Torture. We have helped the APT by organising their research visits to Bolivia. ITEI has also shared information with the APT about the development of the National Prevention Mechanism in Bolivia.

6.     Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Instituciones contra la Tortura, la impunidad y otras Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos

The ‘Red Latinoamericana’ (Latin American Network) is an organization that aims to address, in the field of health, the integral problem of people affected by torture, impunity and other human rights violations, as well as the psychosocial consequences of these practises. The network also conducts research and works to prevent torture, impunity and other human rights violations. The member organisations are: