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Illinois Abolition: Statement of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights

Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights congratulates Illinois Governor Quinn on signing into law the recently passed legislation abolishing the state’s death penalty.  We applaud the state’s decision to redirect funds formerly spent on the death penalty to services for families of homicide victims and training of law enforcement personnel.  As family members of murder victims, we…read more

International Human Rights Day

Today is International Human Rights Day, the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 6th nniversary of the founding of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights. I pass along a posting by my Susannah Sheffer that appears in today’s For Victims, Against the Death Penalty, the blog of…read more

Tuesday's Schedule at Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break

Below is the schedule of events for the second day of the 2010 Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, Tuesday, March 16. You may come to all the events or just individual sessions. Everyone is welcome. You do not need to register, just show up for the events. It is all free. It starts at noon…read more

Crime Victims Equality Act in New Hampshire

By Renny Cushing Last year I sponsored legislation (House Bill 370) to prohibit discrimination against victims of crime based upon their position on the death penalty. The bill was inspired by my experience working with other survivors of homicide victims, including some who found they experienced a loss of standing and recognition of rights as…read more

Victims families speak out against the death penalty

The following is a Dallas Morning News guest blog post by MVFHR’s Susannah Sheffer about the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty. Robert Curley On October 1, 1997 my 10-year-old son Jeffrey was kidnapped and murdered from our neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is right outside Boston. One of the men who murdered him…read more

Families of victims and families of the executed gather to launch national project

Washington, DC – Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights (MVFHR) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) launched a national project opposing the death penalty for persons with severe mental illnesses at a press conference and remembrance ceremony in San Antonio, Texas on October 3. The initiative builds on a series of recent U.S….read more

Murder victims' group writes clemency letter for Jeff Wood

July 16, 2008 The Honorable Rick Perry Governor, State of Texas P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428 Ms. Rissie Owens, Chair Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles 8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard Austin, Texas 78757 Re: Jeffrey Wood, TDJC No. 999256 Dear Governor Perry and Chairwoman Owens: Our organization consists of hundreds of family members of…read more

For Victims, Against the Death Penalty

Also posted on MVFHR’s blog At a ceremony on the campus of Virginia Tech today, a group called the National Coalition of Victims in Action is presenting “A Resolution in Support of the Victims and Families at Virginia Tech” to members of the college community, including the college president and the families of those who…read more

Mother of executed son will join relatives of Texans who have been executed to describe how the death penalty affects surviving families

By Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights Tamara Chikunova, founder of the Uzbekistan-based group Mothers Against the Death Penalty and Torture, will visit the United States for the first time to speak publicly with other family members of people who have been executed. Chikunova’s son Dmitri was executed in Uzbekistan seven years ago. Chikunova’s visit…read more