Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann (In Memoriam 1947-2023)

International Disability Rights Advocate

Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of the pioneering disability rights activist Judy Heumann, a dear friend and board member. Heumann’s lifelong activism supporting the rights of people with disabilities in the United States and around the world was extraordinary, Human Rights Watch said. 

“Judy was a true force of nature – a visionary leader, fierce advocate, a trailblazer,” said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at Human Rights Watch. “She was a giant in the human rights movement and led with such integrity. This loss will be felt far and wide but what a legacy she leaves behind.”