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Human Rights Watch Director: Elisabeth Leader
Human Rights Watch established a presence in Southern California more than two decades ago, convinced that the unique population, influence and resources of the region could be mobilized to defend human rights around the world. In Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, a vibrant community of supporters are engaged in raising awareness of human rights abuses, building financial support for Human Rights Watch, and strengthening HRW’s local research and advocacy.
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The Human Rights Watch Santa Barbara Committee is the most incredible way to engage with social justice issues and supporters around the globe. The scope and breadth of HRW’s research and work shines a light on challenges faced by some of the world’s most vulnerable.
“Examples of injustices exposed recently include those experiencing the most extreme impact of climate change in places such as Brazil, immigrants suffering mistreatment on our southern border and in nations where war and extreme poverty have forced whole populations to migrate, and health inequities which have been exposed by COVID-19, which has demonstrated the serious deficiencies in public health and access to vaccines and care.
“I support Human Rights Watch Santa Barbara because I learn so much about the world – through reading reports, watching Zoom briefings, and meeting the researchers when they come to Santa Barbara – and it helps me feel more knowledgeable and more importantly, more hopeful, about the future.
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$25,000 Matching Grant for our Health & Human Rights Work
The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered serious deficiencies in public health and access to healthcare in societies around the world. The effects of the crisis underscore the urgent need to reform government health policies that disproportionately impact the world’s most socially and economically marginalized communities. As HRW lays the foundation for a new body of work on health and human rights in the coming year, it plans to focus on the following areas: tackling health inequalities; protecting the most marginalized communities; ensuring access to health information; addressing health and climate change; and curbing attacks on health in conflict and crisis settings.
$10,000 Matching Grant for Human Rights Watch’s Work in Tibet
Under Xi Jinping, Chinese authorities have accelerated their assault on Tibetans’ human rights, tolerating only expressions of identity that show loyalty to the state and the Chinese Communist Party.
• About two million rural and nomadic Tibetans have been forcibly resettled under the guise of poverty alleviation and environmental protection, cutting them off from their traditional ways of life and communities.
• Authorities have accelerated aggressive campaigns to further curtail Tibetans’ religious freedom, publicly humiliating monks and nuns, destroying irreplaceable communities, and prosecuting expressions of loyalty to the Dalai Lama.
• Even the youngest Tibetan children in rural and urban communities are now denied the right to be educated in their mother tongue.
Tibetans tell Human Rights Watch they believe these policies will erase their distinct culture, religion, and way of life. Our research plays a critical role in challenging Beijing’s claims to have brought prosperity and modernity to the region, and arms policymakers, journalists, and activists with essential facts to hold Chinese government officials accountable for their abusive policies.
$10,000 Matching Grant for our Environment & Human Rights Work
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration has sabotaged environmental law enforcement in the country, effectively giving a green light to criminal networks that drive the destruction of the Amazon. Deforestation, fires, illegal mining, and invasions of Indigenous territories and public forests have soared under his watch. Human Rights Watch is working steadfastly to protect the Amazon and support its defenders. We are working with the U.S. government, European Union, and multilateral organizations to apply pressure on Brazil to produce measurable, concrete results to reduce deforestation, protect Indigenous peoples’ rights, and end impunity for environmental crimes.
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Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee:
Wendy Read, Chair
Graciela Montgomery, Vice Chair
Rita Moya, Vice Chair
Sue Aldrich Wagner, Vice Chair
Santa Barbara Steering Committee
Benjamin J. Cohen
D. William Wagner
*Plus a Santa Barbara Committee of over one hundred community leaders