The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. (Albert Einstein)
The Treatment Centre for Victims of Torture (TZFO), opened in1995, was the first standard treatment centre in Switzerland for refugee victims of torture and war. A scientific study commissioned by the Swiss Red Cross ("The Language of Extreme Violence", H.R. Wicker, 1991) provided the basis. According to the study, a quarter of the recognized refugees living in Switzerland were victims of systematic torture in their home country.
In 2002, the treatment centre was renamed the Swiss Red Cross Outpatient Clinic for Victims of Torture and War (AFK) and integrated into the Swiss Red Cross Centre for Migration and Health. The Swiss Red Cross AFK is now part of the Department of Health and Integration and forms a permanent feature of what the Swiss Red Cross offers as standard. It employs 13 established specialists in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, medicine, and welfare advice, and three secretarial and administrative staff. The work of the specialists is supported by around 25 translators in over 20 languages.