Silicon Valley

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. The Silicon Valley Committee is part of the Human Rights Watch Council, a global network of individuals and committees across 33 cities internationally. Council members are ambassadors for Human Rights Watch in their communities, providing us with a strong presence in key cities and countries.

Composed of nearly 900 leaders from a variety of backgrounds, the Council is an informed and engaged constituency that plays a key role in our global defense of human rights. The Silicon Valley Committee supports Human Rights Watch through advocacy efforts, community outreach, and fundraising initiatives. Together, we play a key role in the defense of human rights.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. Our Silicon Valley community is committed to growing and sustaining our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work, and we encourage you to explore the below articles, videos, books, and films, submitted by Silicon Valley community members. Please reach out to us if you have any recommended additions to this list of resources. Increasing our DEI capabilities makes us better advocates for social justice, and we thank you for partnering with us to continue learning and growing together.



  • July 28, 2022

    How are human rights violations and war crimes verified during a conflict, and utilized in the effort to hold perpetrators accountable? Join us at the Computer History Museum to learn how Human Rights Watch is leveraging evolving digital tools in Ukraine to answer these questions. Together, we’ll hear directly from human rights researchers and technology experts (see bios below) on how they work in partnership during crises and conflicts.

    Our evening will begin at 5:30pm with an outdoor cocktail reception to gather and celebrate, followed by the indoor program at 6:30pm where masks will be highly encouraged. We’ll end the night with food and drinks outdoors after the program. Be sure to get your tickets before we sell out!

    Tickets are $250 per person and are on sale here; this helps us cover the cost of the venue, catering, and bringing our panelists out to the Bay Area. Please note that this event is not a fundraiser.

  • April 30, 2021

    As we approach the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, we hope you will join Human Rights Watch for a free advance screening (available today through May 10) and live discussion of the film, Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, which will debut on PBS at the end of May. This documentary examines the deadly assault on “Black Wall Street” in the context of other racial massacres and police killings, including the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd (May 25, 2020). Stream the film here, and we encourage you to join the live conversation here on May 5th at 5pm PT.

    In addition, we have two more sessions in our Tech and Human Rights series this May -- RSVP here to join us

    Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 4pm PT
    Surveilled Futures: Comparing the US and China
    With Professor Shoshana Zuboff and HRW Senior China Researcher Maya Wang, Moderated by Australia Director Elaine Pearson.

    Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 9am PT
    Making Technology Work for Good: The Digital Investigations Lab, Case Study: Idlib, Syria
    With HRW Deputy Executive Director and Chief Programs Officer Tirana Hassan, Head of Open-Source Research Gabriela Ivens, Geospatial Analyst Carolina Jordá Álvarez, and Crisis and Conflict Senior Researcher Belkis Wille.

  • October 22, 2020

    Please join us on Monday, November 9th for a US elections debrief to unpack what happened on election day and to discuss the future of human rights in the US. We will discuss the events and outcome of the election, the challenges we face in the months to come, and what we need to do to ensure that human rights are at the forefront of the next administration’s policies.

    We are holding this conversation twice to accommodate global interest, so please feel free to join at the time that is most convenient for you.

    First offering: 9:00am - 10:00am PST
    Second offering: 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST

    Our first offering will feature HRW Executive Director Ken Roth in conversation with US Program Executive Director Nicole Austin-Hillery at 9:00am PST.

    Our second offering will feature Nicole Austin-Hillery in conversation with HRW experts at 4:00pm PST

    Please RSVP here to join.

  • September 14, 2018

    Join us at our Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner in Silicon Valley on Thursday, November 15, 2018 and become part of the global community dedicated to protecting and defending human rights.

  • July 17, 2017

    Join us at our Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, November 7th, and become part of the global community dedicated to protecting and defending human rights.

    Contact Gina Maya at for more information.


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