History & Background
IAN was founded with the immediate goal of establishing a Trauma centre that would provide direct, free of charge psychological assistance, both through an SOS phone service and face-to-face counselling, for victims of war and violence.
The IAN Trauma Centre began to work in December 1997 and was the first, principle and core programme designed and implemented in IAN.
IAN Centre for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (CRTV) started to work in September 2000, with the financial support of the European Commission. The program was established as a result of our efforts to provide specialized and comprehensive psychosocial assistance to individuals who suffered torture and other types of war-related traumatic experiences during the wars in the former Yugoslavia (1991-1995) and Kosovo (1998-1999), and to members of their families.
In 2001 the IAN Trauma Centre and the IAN CRTV were merged into one functional unit named "Center for Rehabilitation of Trauma and Torture Victims" (CRTV).
Since 2004 we have provided help to torture survivors in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republika Srpska) at the request and support of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT) and in collaboration with the Center for Torture Victims, Sarajevo and Medica Zenica .