About the Martín-Baró Fund:

The Martín-Baró Fund was established to honor the memory of Father Ignacio Martín-Baró, a Jesuit priest and social psychologist who was murdered in El Salvador in 1989, and to further the goals to which he dedicated his life. Our grants support progressive, grassroots groups throughout the world who are challenging institutional repression and confronting the mental health consequences of violence and injustice in their communities.

Our Mission

Through grant-making and education, the Martín-Baró Fund fosters psychological well-being, social consciousness, active resistance, and progressive social change in communities affected by institutional violence, repression and social injustice.

Our Values

  • We believe that the scars of such experiences are deeply seated both in the individual and in society.

  • We believe in the power of the community collectively to heal these wounds, to move forward, and to create change.

  • We believe in the importance of developing education and critical awareness about the oppressive policies and practices of the United States and of multinational corporations.

Our Goals

  • To support innovative grassroots projects that explore the power of the community to foster healing within individuals and communities that are trying to recover from experiences of institutional violence, repression, and social injustice.

  • To promote education and critical awareness about the psychosocial consequences of structural violence, repression and social injustice on individuals and communities, while educating ourselves and the wider community about the community-based reponses of grantees in their pursuit ot social reparation and a more just and equitable world.

  • To build collaborative relationships among the Fund, its grantees, and its contributors for mutual education and social change.


Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights has moved operations to the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.

Supporting the Fund

We are a special project of The Peace Development Fund. Contributions to the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund, made through the Peace Development Fund, are fully tax-deductible. You can donate to the Martín-Baró Fund online, or get information on donating by check, here.