How we work

REDRESS has developed specific skills that can be used to challenge torture and deliver impact. Our focus on these techniques is based on our experience working in collaboration with national partners and the anti-torture movement who have strengths in other civil society techniques.  

  • Holistic Strategic Litigation against Torture. With this method we represent individual clients but also use the case to challenge the underlying problem. We adopt a holistic approach, ensuring referrals for psycho-social support and accompanying survivors through the process. We provide training and mentoring to partner NGOs on this technique.  
  • Policy Advocacy. We work with partners to deliver campaigns at national, regional, and international level to advocate for policy reform for reparation and for the introduction of anti-torture laws and safeguards. This work includes detailed research to inform our conclusions and recommendations and engaging with survivor communities to involve them in the campaign 
  • Communications and Media. We support our litigation and policy advocacy through the press and social media, to influence stakeholders, draw attention to the issues, and to raise our profile to enhance our influence. 

Impact Framework 

REDRESS has developed a theory of change that sets out the most effective ways that we can have an impact through our work.  

  • Our activities are primarily focused on the three techniques of strategic litigation, policy advocacy, and communications.   
  • From these activities our staff and partners produce outputs including legal claims, policy campaigns, community initiatives, and publications. 
  • These outputs deliver specific and achievable objectives for each of our cases and projects, that are also realistic and time-bound, and can be measured against tailored indicators that are identified in our evaluation framework. 
  • We have identified ten outcomes that can be achieved as a result of our work: justice, truth, material impact, impact on the community, impact on the anti-torture movement, changes to stakeholder attitudes (politicians, judges, media), changes to policy, changes to law (through caselaw and legislation), changes to governance, and social impact. 
  • The ultimate goal of our cases and campaigns is to deliver justice and reparation for survivors and their communitieschallenge impunity, and combat further torture.