Leveraging Visual and Statistical Argument to Combat Torture

Project led by : 

World Justice Project

Geographical Area
Mexico and Europe
Peace and security

The project aims to end the use of torture as an investigative tool and to motivate new effective torture prevention measures.


The World Justice Project (WJP), through its Mexico branch, proposes a three-year project to end the use of torture as an investigative tool, by using a novel approach that relies on statistical and visual arguments to motivate new effective torture prevention measures. Until now, inadequate quantitative evidence of the problem has allowed states to deny systematic torture and its corrosive effects. The World Justice Project, together with the Mexican government’s statistical bureau, has developed methodologies to quantify abuse in custody by systematically surveying the incarcerated population. The aim of the project is to link data and visual elements, working both on statistical report and storytelling.

In the coming year, they plan to continue data collection and analysis in Mexico to identify anti-torture measures that can inform reform and prevention efforts. They would also like to develop visual, experiential learning, and empathy-building tools that incite changes in the prevailing policy narratives. The Scale-up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum supports the project through the facilitation of connections with relevant stakeholders in Europe and South America, as well as the provision of strategic and tailored advice to improve the project’s visibility and communication.


The World Justice Project (WJP) is registered as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the rule of law worldwide through research and scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index and associated data products.


February 2019: The project was presented in front of the European Parliamentary delegation during its visit in Mexico.

29 April - 2 May 2019: The project team participates in the World Justice Forum, organized in The Hague.

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