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Kenneth Roth: Human Rights Watch and Achieving Global Impact

Interviewee(s):
Roth, Kenneth
Interviewer(s):
Meeker, Martin
Title:
Kenneth Roth: Human Rights Watch and Achieving Global Impact
Abstract:
Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, an organization he first joined in 1987. Prior to this, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC. In this interview, Roth discusses: Roth’s upbringing, education, and early career; interest in human rights work; joining Human Rights Watch in 1987; becoming executive director of Human Rights Watch and consolidating several affiliated organizations into one; key activities of Human Rights Watch; meeting Herb and Marion Sandler, thoughts on working alongside donors; foundations and measuring impact.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
2018
Project:
Marion and Herbert Sandler
Rights:
Kenneth Roth, “Kenneth Roth: Human Rights Watch and Achieving Global Impact,” Marion and Herbert Sandler Oral History Project, conducted by Martin Meeker in 2018, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.