“I couldn’t imagine what, if anything, could bring me comfort or lessen my pain and despair, but I knew it wasn’t the death penalty.” - MARIE VERZULLI, whose sister CATHERINE was murdered

MVFHR is an international, non-governmental organization of family members of murder victims and family members of the executed, all of whom oppose the death penalty in all cases. We view the death penalty as a profound violation of human rights.


Having all suffered a tragic loss, MVFHR members have come in different ways and times to the understanding that the death penalty does not help us heal and is not the way to pursue justice for victims. We invite you to read more about our experience and the work of MVFHR, and learn how you can help us support victims and work to end the death penalty.