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Defending Rights, Securing Justice

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Human Rights Watch

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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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I am incredibly proud to support Human Rights Watch. They are vital to lifting up human rights defenders around the world, giving voice to the voiceless, and bringing a powerful spotlight to atrocities that if left in the dark, would continue. The impact of Human Rights Watch fuels hope and gives those of us that call the Bay Area home a tangible way to support human rights everywhere and anywhere. It’s about more dignity in the world – that is what HRW’s work ultimately delivers.
Amy Rao
Human Rights Watch Board Co-Chair

Upholding Fundamental Rights

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. 

The nonprofit investigates and reports on human rights abuses globally. Advocacy is directed towards organizations, governments, businesses, armed groups, or anyone or anything else that has the power to enforce laws or develop policies and practices that uphold human rights. 

All donations are used to support work in these areas and are carefully reviewed to ensure that they are consistent with the values and mission of the organization. In order to ensure unbiased and fact-based research, Human Rights Watch does not take funding from any government.

Committee Leadership

Silicon Valley:
Gloria Principe, Chair
Jessie Brunner
Fran Codispoti
Barb Deméré
Dana Fenwick
Loren Gordon
Barbara Hugli-Jones
Wendy McAdam
Cathy Crane Moley
Jean Scheible
Marie Vought
Diana Walsh
Amy Rao, Chair Emerita
Sofie Vandeputte, Chair Emerita
San Francisco:
Leigha Weinberg, Co-Chair
Ipek Burnett, Co-Chair
Mark Grace
Alyssa Harper
Caitlin Heising
Danielle Kraaijvanger
Marty Krasney
Loy Sheflott
David Keller, Chair Emeritus
Lore McGovern, Chair Emerita
Nancy J. Parrish, Chair Emerita
Orville Schell, Chair Emeritus
Joy Alferness, Chair Emerita
Darian Swig, Chair Emerita