Our Work

MVFHR challenges the assumption that all families of murder victims support the death penalty and frames the death penalty as both a victims’ issue and a human rights issue. Through public education, advocacy, and organizing, we amplify the voices of victims’ families who oppose the death penalty and provide anti-death penalty campaigns with victims’ uniquely compelling testimony. As well, we draw attention to the ways in which the death penalty harms the families of those executed, and we seek to achieve recognition for these families as victims of traumatic loss.

Learn more about how victims are speaking out against the death penalty and working for abolition.



Learn more about our “Prevention, Not Execution” project, which aims to end executions of people with severe mental illness.


Learn more about our “No Silence, No Shame” project, which focuses on how the death penalty harms the families of those who are executed.


Learn more about how MVFHR advocates for victims’ right to be treated equally within the criminal justice system even if they are opposed to the death penalty.


Read more about the death penalty as a human rights issue.