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Committee on Human Rights
National Academy of Sciences
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Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-3043
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CHR Membership

Chair                                                                            Vice Chair                                                                  
Sidney Verba
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mary Jane West-Eberhard
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
University of Costa Rica
Ciudad Universitaria, Costa Rica


George J. Annas
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

Martin Chalfie
Columbia University
New York, New York

Felton Earls
Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts

John G. Kassakian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Michael Katz
March of Dimes Foundation
White Plains, New York

Anthony Leggett
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

Beth Simmons
Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts

Tilahun Yilma
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

In addition to the 11 members of the Committee on Human Rights, more than 1,600 members of the NAS, NAE, and IOM are volunteers who bring their personal prestige to bear. The CHR’s Action Alerts (usually one a month) are sent to these volunteer “correspondents”, then take individual action on the cases, particularly those cases for which they believe their personal appeals will have, perhaps, a special or uniquely positive influence. Once these individuals are identified, the CHR particularly works with them to discuss and develop or refine effective strategies that might gain the prisoner’s release or, at least, improved conditions of confinement.