Defending Rights, Securing Justice

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Human Rights Watch

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Southern California Director: Perrine Vaillant


Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. To ensure our independence, we refuse government funding and carefully review all donations to ensure that they are consistent with our policies, mission, and values. We partner with organizations large and small across the globe to protect embattled activists and to help hold abusers to account and bring justice to victims.

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Being involved with Human Rights Watch for 15 years has been life changing. I am constantly wowed by the 450 experts working tirelessly to investigate and expose rights abuses across 100 countries and pressure governments and other entities to create lasting change. It has been so meaningful for me to be involved with an organization that focuses on a wide range of rights including those related to children, the LGBTQ+ communities, refugees, migrants, and women. These groups and more deserve the dignity and freedom that I enjoy. I will continue to be involved for decades to come.
Rica Rodman,
Executive Director of the Wasserman Foundation

Human Rights for All

Human Rights Watch is working around the clock to protect and uphold fundamental rights and freedoms on multiple fronts. Across 102 countries, we are leveraging our time-tested methodology — investigating human rights abuses, exposing the facts to the public, and effecting change — to right wrongs wherever they happen and help lay the foundation for a more just and equitable world.
Over the last year, HRW has exposed how the pandemic has laid bare systemic frailties in the protection of basic rights and spurred a range of human rights abuses. Our advocacy has blocked the Brazilian government’s attempt to greenwash its disastrous environmental record. We’ve worked to prevent unnecessary surgeries on intersex children. We’ve pushed the United Nations to take on global racism by forming an expert group to probe racism in policing. The use of life in prison without parole sentences for people under 18 has effectively ended in California, thanks to our efforts.
To maintain our independence, we accept no funding from any government. With your partnership, we can secure more foundational victories for human rights. Join us.

Committee Leadership

Susi Bahat
Pam Bruns
Tamar Chafets
Nancy Cushing-Jones
Elizabeth Faraut
Mike Farrell
Jonathan Feldman
Mary Garvey
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie
Ahmos Hassan
Jihee Huh
Ramyne Khan Spire
Shari Leinwand
Kimberly Marteau Emerson
Jane Olson
Liz Ondaatje
David Ondaatje
Rica Rodman
Victoria Riskin
Lorraine Sheinberg
Barbara Silberbusch
Arthur F. Silbergeld
William D. Temko
Marysol Velamoor
Patricia Williams
Adam Wolman