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Deputy director, digital division, Human Rights Watch
The harrowing story of his uncle’s narrow escape from a Salvadoran death squad led Jim Murphy from Silicon Valley to Human Rights Watch. In his seven years as Human Rights Watch’s Senior Online Editor, Murphy has sought to amplify the reach of the global human rights organization via new technologies and social media. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change, has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world, and has given voice to the oppressed. A principal channel for these voices, the website www.hrw.org broadcasts human rights news, images and video researched and reported in 90 countries worldwide from the 34th floor of the Empire State Building. Murphy previously owned a San Francisco-based website development company specializing in the non-profit sector (among his projects, Time Magazine named the Ecological Footprint Quiz one of the top 50 websites of 2007). In 1996 Murphy practiced economic development at the most micro of levels living in the small village of Ellacuría, El Salvador, building fences, harvesting crops and raising the funds to purchase livestock in this rural, post-conflict setting.