Trust Fund for Victims
The ICC delivers restorative, as well as retributive, justice.
The Trust Fund for Victims is a cornerstone in this promise, to which states and other actors must contribute more.
The TFV is mandated by the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty, to support and implement programmes that address harms resulting from ICC crimes. It does so in two ways:
- Implementing Court-ordered reparations against a convicted person and;
- Providing physical, psychological, and material support to victims and their families, through voluntary contributions from donors.
To date, the Trust Fund has provided assistance to over 120,000 victims in countries where the Court has active investigations, like Uganda and the DRC.
While Court-ordered reparations can come from the convicted person’s assets, the Trust Fund’s ability to provide general assistance is dependent on voluntary contributions from states and non-state entities.
Although support for the TVF among States is rising, governments must increase their contributions to ensure that the Rome Statute system has victim survivors' concerns at its heart, and not at its fringes.