Born in Berlin, Irene Nevil came to the U.S. at 10, settling with her family in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from college, she went on to a successful career in international trade. She traveled extensively, spoke five languages, and often hosted foreign visitors in her home. “Instead of bringing back souvenirs from her travels,” Irene’s son said, “mom collected friends from all over the world. She sent them birthday cards and holiday cards every year.”
Dedicated to helping others, Irene contributed to many causes, and she served as a board member and chairperson of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). But her compassion for others didn’t stop there. Irene also made the vital decision to write Human Rights Watch into her will. By giving this special legacy gift, she has made protecting the vulnerable and upholding human dignity the heart of her life story, and it will remain that way forever.