2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: U.S. Agency for International Development's Leahy War Victims Fund

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

The Patrick J. Leahy War Victims Fund, managed by USAID, serves as the primary source of U.S. assistance to civilian victims of conflict in war-affected developing countries. Established in 1989, the Leahy War Victims Fund maintains a dedicated source of financial and technical support for people with disabilities, particularly those who sustain mobility-related injuries from anti-personnel landmines, UXO, and other injuries resulting from armed conflict and civil disorder. To date, the Leahy War Victims Fund has provided nearly $225 million in assistance to more than 50 countries.

Originally tasked with delivering immediate care, the Leahy War Victims Fund widened its scope of activities to include development programs that accommodate the changing needs of the populations they serve, and established the framework for sustainable services in developing countries. The fund also contributes to the enactment and enforcement of international standards to ensure that practitioners who provide care to survivors are qualified and experienced. In addition, the Leahy War Victims Fund ensures that treatment and equipment are used appropriately and effectively to increase the mobility of war-affected, disabled people.

In FY2014, the Leahy War Victims Fund introduced new programs in Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Laos, and continued support for programs in Burma, Cambodia, Colombia, DRC, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Vietnam, as well as numerous regional and international initiatives spanning multiple countries.

Point of Contact:
Robert Horvath
Interim United States Government Special Adviser for Children in Adversity
Division Chief, Empowerment and Inclusion
Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG)
U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington, D.C. 20523

telephone: +1 202 712 5239
email: rhorvath@usaid.gov
website: http://www.usaid.gov or http://1.usa.gov/1cKOv5E