December 15, 2014
We will read and discuss the book Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant. This book argues for an overhaul in the dominant thinking about the work and rights of another group of women who are commonly considered to be in need of rescue: sex workers. The book is available in print and e- formats (and it is a brisk read, at 136 pages). For more information or to RSVP please contact Patricia Billings at her Women's Rights Committee Book Club email
December 2, 2014
We will read and discuss the book "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?" by Lila Abu-Lughod. The book looks critically at popular literature and film on the generalized "Muslim Woman" and the common belief in the West that Muslim women need to be rescued. The book is available in print and e- formats (no audio book yet) and at public libraries. (We will contact the publisher to ask if they can offer a discount to members who want to purchase the book, which is only available in hard cover now; more on this as soon as we know.) For more information or to RSVP please contact Patricia Billings at her Women's Rights Committee Book Club email
December 2, 2014
We will discuss “Los 43,” the disappeared, presumed killed, students in Mexico, and the broader problem of mass violence in Mexico, perpetrated by organized crime and government forces. We will consider how women are impacted by the violence, and how they are active in the struggle against it. There will be no book to read, just media articles and HRW reports; we will send links to these in an email shortly. We will also email a cheat sheet the day before the session and have printouts of the sheet at the session. For more information and to RSVP please contact Patricia Billings at
November 13, 2014
The 2014 Voices for Justice dinner was a wonderful celebration where we honored Shin Dong-Hyuk (North Korea) and Dr. M.R. Rajagopal (India) for their courageous and impactful work. We also happily celebrated Sid Sheinberg's 20 year tenure on the International Board of Human Rights Watch. The personal and heartfelt tone for the night was set perfectly by our special guest, NBA basketball player and civil rights advocate, Jason Collins. Thank you to everyone who supported this event which provides vital resources to civilians in conflict and to the work of Human Rights Watch.
The Human Rights Watch Film Club invites you to a screening and discussion of E-Team, an outstanding documentary about four researchers in the Human Rights Watch Emergencies Division.
When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals hired to document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

3:30 pm | Doors open 

4:00 pm | Film Screening, followed by panel discussion

6:00 pm | Reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres

The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School

August 29, 2014

On September 21, 2014 HRW Film Club will host a screening and discussion of "Sweet Dreams" at New Roads School in Santa Monica.


Twenty years after the genocide, the film captures the uplifting story of a group of Hutu and Tutsi women who form Rwanda's first all-women drumming troupe and open its first ice cream shop.

3pm: Meet & Greet with HRW's Africa Researcher Lewis Mudge.

4pm: Panel discussion moderated by Kenneth Turan, film critic at the Los Angeles Times, with "Sweet Dreams'" Director Lisa Fruchtman and Lewis Mudge.

6pm: Wines and Tacos

Tickets are available online or by contacting the Los Angeles office at 310-477-5540 or

Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner in Los Angeles

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills

Buy Tables & Tickets here.

June 26th was the Anniversary of the International Convention on Torture, and on that day we recognize the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Los Angeles Director of HRW Justin Connolly joined the Program for Torture Victims and spoke at a rally downtown.
Activists like Jodi Evans (Co-Founder of Code Pink) Rev. Frank Wulf (USC United University Church) , Trip Oldfield (Program for Torture Victims), survivor Michael from Uganda, and Elizabeth F. Hailey (Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace) joined Justin at the podium.
July 17, 2014

This year Jesus Cecena will get a second chance at freedom – a freedom he lost in 1978 at the age of 17. His parole hearing is the result of Senate Bill 260, now law, which Human Rights Watch co-sponsored and lobbied for. It allows inmates who were tried as adults despite their legal status as minors to appear for special parole hearings after serving 15 years of their life sentences.