The International Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA) was formed in 2005 as a sister organization to the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), U.S.A. Many members hold memberships in both organizations – and in the World Society of Victimology, an academically-oriented colleague organization.
IOVA's principals have years of experience in working on victim issues across Latin America, Asia, Africa and North America. As can be seen from bios of its board members, they are drawn from two generations of leading experts on a broad spectrum of issues facing the implementation of victim rights in the 21st century. Among its initiatives are:
IOVA's work in Rwanda has resulted in partnerships with Forum des Activistes contra la Torture (FACT), an NGO working with victims of crime and torture, the National Disaster Service, the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Prosecutor General, and the National Police Academy.
IOVA's support for successful legislation on crime prevention and victim rights in Mexico have placed Mexico at the forefront of innovation consistent with the most recent knowledge and United Nations principles.
IOVA's collaboration with the UNODC is developing a revised handbook on the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution on Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.
IOVA is at the forefront of efforts to get victims the prevention, assistance, reparation and rights that will be discussed in various United Nations events on reducing violence against women, aboriginal rights and the 2015 United Nations Crime Congress.
IOVA is looking for new ways to engage a broader spectrum of those who want to make a difference to victim rights across the world.