MVFR staff provides a welcoming and supportive space for family members of murder victims to be heard, to connect with other murder victim family members who oppose the death penalty, and to more effectively raise their voices to advocate for victim family member needs – needs shared by victims/survivors regardless of their views on capital punishment. Our Staff includes victims/survivors of violence and persons with extensive training and experience in working with persons who have experienced sudden, traumatic loss.
Deirdre Douglas-Hubbard, Southern Coordinator
A native of Lancaster, SC, Deirdre relocated to Charleston, SC to pursue a degree in Psychology and Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, where she was inducted into the Honor Society for Academic Achievement. While attending the College of Charleston, Deirdre was selected to assist with the educational efforts of prominent scholars of Jewish and African American History. Deirdre led Holocaust classes at the College of Charleston, panel discussions relating to discrimination, intolerance, and reconciliation, as well as study abroad trips to Eastern Europe under the guidance of Dr. Theodore Rosengarten. In 2015, Deirdre was selected to intern at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands. While working in the Human and Civil Rights Education Department, she created and implemented community projects to encourage awareness of the effects of violence, prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance.
In addition to her international work, Deirdre worked closely with the Charleston Promise Neighborhood where her community organization skills were implemented to provide family therapy and other vital community resources to strengthen underserved families in the Charleston area.
Recently, Deirdre was faced with two tragic deaths; her uncle and cousin were both shot and killed in March of 2016. This horrific tragedy has deeply propelled her advocacy for the needs of victims' families and to promote healing and reconciliation. Due to her vast international and local experiences, she has developed a strong desire to foster understanding, community involvement, and provide a nurturing space for victims’ families and communities affected by murder, violence, and discrimination.
Horace Knight Jr., Delaware Coordinator
New Castle, DE
Horace Knight, Jr. joined MVFR in November 2012 as the Delaware Coordinator. Horace, a native of Burlington, New Jersey, brings an array of personal and professional skills that enable him to provide members with support while advocating for the needs of family members following murder. Recently he served as the Marketing Director on a political campaign where he was able to create many relationships that enhance his work in Delaware.
He has worked in the Human Services field for more than 10 years compiling experience that includes working as a Behavioral Assistant/Consultant, a Case Manager working with high school students who self- identified as teenage parents and most recently, a case manager for the state of Delaware working with Developmentally Disabled Individuals. Horace received his B.S. in Business (Marketing) from the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Horace studies photography and champions social media technology for personal enrichment.
George Johnson Smith, Communication & Research Associate
George was born to tobacco and sweet potato farmers in rural Johnston County, N.C., an area where the systematic oppression towards marginalized groups was blatant even to the uninformed child. As a kid he followed the post-trial motions, Nobel Peace Prize Nomination and execution of Stanley Tookie Williams in 2005.The trial was his first observational encounter with the death penalty, and his analysis sparked an ongoing interest to become a criminal attorney.
Although George has not been personally impacted by a homicide within his immediate family, he has witnessed gun violence and mourned the deaths of classmates and community members. He specializes in research and case law, and his previous work includes assisting with educational sociology research for young African students in American classrooms. He has also assisted his family business with office technology and managing living conditions for their migrant employees. He worked as an unpaid intern under U.S. Senator Richard Burr and has worked in the client service division of Strategic Migration in Sydney, Australia.
George is currently finishing a B.A. in public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with minors in American Studies and politics, philosophy and economics and serves on the Honor Court, the student judicial board that determines verdicts and sentencing for academic and conduct violations. He joined MVFR in July 2016 as a Communication and Research Associate (Volunteer).