Carter Center Statement on the Passing of Bill Richardson

The Carter Center is saddened to learn of the death of Bill Richardson, a dedicated champion of democracy and human rights. He collaborated with The Carter Center from its earliest days, serving as a Center election observer in Nicaragua in 1990.  

"President and Mrs. Carter, along with many of us at The Carter Center, admired Bill Richardson as a tireless advocate for those most in need and valued his friendship," said Paige Alexander, the Carter Center’s CEO. "Many wrongfully detained Americans in places across the globe owe their freedom to his behind-the-scenes negotiations."

After a career of public service, Richardson founded The Richardson Center for Global Engagement to tackle difficult problems through citizen engagement and diplomacy. His work helped secure humanitarian assistance for countries struggling to transition to democracy. 

The Center sends its heartfelt sympathy to his family and to those who will carry on his legacy of global engagement.


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A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.