February 19, 2009

Dear Friends,

We have received many messages and cannot respond immediately to all  of them, but we want to thank you all for your loving support and to  notify you of memorials to Alison that are being planned.  The first  will be held this coming Sunday, February 22, at 3:00 p.m., in St Joseph's Church, 3269 Main Street, just south of the Main Street  Campus of the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N. Y.

The memorial will  be followed by a reception in Harriman Hall, a five-minute walk away  on UB's South Campus.

In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made to Human Rights  Watch in memory of Alison L. Des Forges. Donations may be made online, or by post to Human Rights Watch, 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor, New York, N.Y., 10118-3299.

Tributes to Alison may also be posted and read online.

To accommodate those who cannot make this memorial service, Human  Rights Watch is planning additional memorials at times and places to be announced.

With many thanks for your warm outpouring of support in this difficult  time for us and for all who are concerned with human rights around the  world,

Roger Des Forges, on behalf of all of Alison's family