The Center's Anti-Torture Program works to combat and prevent torture and other ill-treatment by engaging civil society and academia in discussion about how to increase compliance with international law and by teaching the current legal framework against torture to future lawyers, policymakers, and judges. The program focuses on two main initiatives, the Anti-Torture Initiative and the Kovler Project Against Torture, which employ diverse methodologies, programming, and best practices to promote public dialogue and education about torture and other ill-treatment.

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"Torture diminishes the worth and dignity of victims, our institutions, and of our entire society, and it is up to us to recognize the essential moral imperative to prohibit torture and to fight against its use, and for accountability everywhere."

Juan Méndez, Faculty co-director