Stories of People Like You

The march toward justice, human dignity and democratic freedom becomes part of your life story when you leave your legacy gift for Human Rights Watch.

And now, meet some of the friends of Human Rights Watch – protectors of humanity just like you – who live their values through their generosity.

 


Steve Preskill and Karen DeMoss

Steve Preskill & Karen DeMoss

Now More Than Ever

Steve Preskill and Karen DeMoss share a passion for education. They have dedicated their careers to the field.

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Wendy Klodt

Wendy Klodt

A Far-Reaching Legacy

Throughout her life, Wendy Klodt traveled far, bringing her into contact with great beauty, and many people. Encountering suffering and injustice along the way, her travels also brought her closer to herself, her values, and what she cared about most.

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Irene Nevil

A Passion for Bringing People Together
Dedicated to helping others, Irene contributed to many causes, and she served as a board member and chairperson of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). But her compassion for others didn’t stop there.

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Sam McFarland

How an Academic Turned Activist
As witness to a horrific massacre, Dr. Sam McFarland found a driving purpose in life that fit perfectly with his background as an academic. See what motivated him and how he took action to protect human rights.

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Bob Kissane

For Him, Caring Is Just as Important as Consulting
An international fundraising consultant, Bob Kissane is in a position to support the very best non-profit organizations. Find out why he chose Human Rights Watch and why the cause of human rights is the defining one of his life.

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Pat & Gil Davis

A Lesson in Human Rights at the Local Level

It was an incident that impacted her greatly. As a teenager, Pat learned how the ones in authority often feel free to intimidate the underlings. See what happened, and why it ultimately led to her passion for human rights.

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Lyle McCormick

Lyle McCormick

Taking a Stand for Human Rights

Supporting the causes one believes in is a very personal—and often a very emotional—endeavor. For Legacies for Justice Society member Lyle McCormick, his support of Human Rights Watch is a way “to preserve my own sense of self-worth. It’s a calling.”

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Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy

Inspired to Do More

Some people say that generosity of spirit is something you are born with. Others maintain it is something you learn. For Legacies for Justice Society member Colleen Murphy, both nature AND nurture have contributed to her philanthropy.

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