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Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights
2161 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA  02140





"I want people to know that after an execution, the family of the person who was executed hurts too."

Bill Babbitt, brother of Manny Babbitt, executed in 1999.

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Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights is an international, non-governmental organization of family members of victims of criminal murder, terrorist killings, state executions, extrajudicial assassinations, and “disappearances” working to oppose the death penalty from a human rights perspective. 

                    Who MVFHR Members Are                   

Members of MVFHR are:

Family members of victims of criminal murder, state execution, terrorist attack, extrajudicial assassination, or disappearance.

There are no other criteria.  MVFHR members have many different opinions on issues of forgiveness, reconciliation, the criminal justice system, and faith.  We believe that each person will come to the place that is right for them and in MVFHR they have the freedom to pursue many paths while staying focused on the critical issue of abolishing the death penalty in the United States and around the world.

Friends of MVFHR are those who share our convictions and would like to assist in our efforts.

Online Sign-up

I am a relative of a victim of criminal murder, state execution, terrorist attack, extrajudicial assassination, or disappearance, and I would like to become a MEMBER of Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights:

State:         Zip:    
E-mail address:  

Please tell us your family member's name and, if you like, a brief summary of the story.



YES, I support the mission and would like to become a FRIEND of Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights.

State:         Zip:    
E-mail address:  


Please donate $25, $50, $100, $1000, or other amount to help end the death penalty around the world.

Those wishing to become members of MVFHR should sign the following declaration that was signed at the founding ceremony on December 10, 2004:

In honor and memory of our family members taken from us by homicide, I join together
with Murder Victims’ Family for Human Rights and pledge in the name of victims to
work to end the death penalty in all countries of the world.




Membership Forms in PDF format for use as handouts



               What MVFHR Members Do              

Speak at a wide variety of events, large and small, in order to educate the public to the issue and share members' stories.

Write Letters to the Editor and Op-eds supporting the MVFHR message and efforts.

Share the message of MVFHR with journalists and academics through interviews and reports.

Participate in a wide variety of activist events such as vigils and marches as members feel appropriate.

Assist in legislative efforts to change state and federal laws concerning capital punishment.

Provide support to one another and other families who are in need of assistance through compassionate aid and help navigating the judicial system.

Build international networks and relationships with victims opposed to the death penalty.

In addition to membership in MVFHR, many members also participate in the activities and events of other organizations dedicated to victim services and the abolition of capital punishment.  Many of these organizations may be found on the Death Penalty Links page.

MVFHR Speakers Bureau

Many members of MVFHR are experienced speakers who share their stories and insights with many thousands of people every year.  MVFHR speakers can be provided for your church, civic, or school group.  Fees and arrangements are negotiable depending on the speaker and the travel required. 

If you would like one of these speakers to come visit your group, Please Contact Us. 

If you would like to become part of the MVFHR Speakers Bureau in order to contribute locally and beyond by sharing your story and the message of MVFHR, Please Contact Us. 

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