Ways to Give
The Committee on Human Rights welcomes contributions to its core fund as well as suggestions on potential sources of support for its general program funding. Your gift helps scientists, engineers, and health professionals around the world who have been subjected to severe repression for peacefully exercising their basic human rights.
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Meet our Donors
Juana and Andreas Acrivos
Andreas Acrivos has long been an active member of both the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences, serving on many committees over the years. However, Acrivos counts his service with the Academies’ Committee on Human Rights (CHR) as among the most rewarding. Recently, he and his wife, Juana, named the CHR as a beneficiary to their estate.
Acrivos first learned of the CHR during his attempts to help Richard Hercynski, a colleague and friend from Poland with whom he served as co-principal investigator on a research project. In 1988, Hercynski, who had been under surveillance by the Polish government, was suddenly arrested and imprisoned for showing “disrespect to his government.”
“I was completely taken aback, and, although I was anxious to help, I had absolutely no clue on how I should proceed, “Acrivos said. Then he discovered the CHR, which uses the influence and stature of the Academies and their members in support of researchers anywhere in the world who have been subjected to severe repression for peacefully exercising their internationally recognized human rights. CHR agreed to adopt Hercynski’s case, which greatly improved his living conditions as he served his two-year sentence. “The word quickly spread among his guards that he was somebody very special who had ‘friends in high places,’” Acrivos said.
Shortly afterward, Acrivos became a member or the CHR and participated firsthand in helping many more researchers under oppression. “When meeting somebody whom the committee had succeeded in liberating, I always felt a sense of accomplishment that, somehow, I had played a role. My wife and I did not hesitate to include the CHR in our charitable contributions.”
Senior Advisor, Transdisciplinary Research for the March of Dimes Foundation; and Reuben S. Carpentier Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Professor Emeritus of Public Health, Columbia University
As a Holocaust survivor, Michael Katz (NAM 80) is deeply committed to advancing human rights. “The protection of people is probably the most important effort we can make in this very troubled world,” said Katz. That commitment has inspired him to both serve on and generously donate to the Academies’ Committee on Human Rights for more than a decade.
The Committee uses the influence and stature of the Academies and its members in support of scientists, engineers, and health professionals around the world who have been subjected to severe repression for peacefully exercising their internationally recognized human rights. The Committee’s often personal, colleague-to-colleague approach is unique and meaningful, Katz said. “When one is isolated in matters of human rights violations, one feels that no one remembers. Making sure that they know that others are thinking of them makes an enormous difference for their psyche.”
One of Katz’s first efforts on behalf of the Committee was to meet with a biomedical researcher in Belarus who was being mistreated and under house arrest. “We spent about 45 minutes with him and assured him that the Committee was thinking about him. He was actually crying because of how distressed he was.” Ultimately, the researcher was able to emigrate to France.
The Committee’s many successes in supporting and rescuing colleagues who are suffering spring from this individual approach, Katz said. “It is much easier for [the Committee] to break through by saying that we are acting because our colleague is in trouble.”
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