WITNESS Mourns the Loss of Jeffrey Glynn Tarrant

WITNESS mourns the loss of its Board member and colleague Jeffrey G. Tarrant (April 4, 1956 – August 5, 2019).

Jeff was a fierce and instrumental friend, advocate, and WITNESS Board member (2011 – 2019), and a tremendous ally to the larger human rights field. He was a vocal champion for human rights as well as a leading voice on the use of technology for good. Jeff was deeply appreciated and valued by his colleagues and activists as one of the smartest, most passionate and committed individuals, with transformational, pioneering ideas on how to help people and change the world. He has been an instrumental Board member, a tireless ally, and a loyal friend and colleague to the WITNESS team and to human rights defenders around the world. Ever challenging the organization to innovate and think bigger, he helped WITNESS grow and be bolder, smarter, and better equipped for a complex, technology-driven world.

His voice, ideas, and commitment to excellence and innovation will have a lasting impact on the future of human rights.

We are deeply grateful to Jeff for his leadership and vision. We will miss him as a passionate and thoughtful friend and as a tireless and brilliant fighter for a more just and equitable world.

Our love and thoughts are with his daughters Fabienne and Paulina, his sisters, and his family.

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director
Regan Ralph, Board President
Peter Gabriel, Founder and Board Chair

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeffrey’s memory and mission to find a cure for brain cancers may be made to the following:

  • Dr. David Reardon’s Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 (please make checks payable to Dana-Farber and include Dr. Reardon’s Research Fund in the memo section or donate online at www.danafarber.jimmyfund.org/site/Donation2/give)
  • Global Coalition for Adaptive Research to continue Jeffrey’s support and mission of curing brain cancer (please make checks payable to GCAR, P.O. Box 49272, Los Angeles, CA 90049- 0272 or donate online at www.GCAResearch.org).


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