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William P. Ford
Born April 28, 1936
Brooklyn, New York
Died June 1, 2008
Cause of death esophageal cancer
Other names "Bill"
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Fordham
Occupation bond trader, lawyer
Religious beliefs Roman Catholic
Parents William and Mildred Ford
Relatives Ita Ford, Austin Ford

William P. Ford was the brother of Ita Ford, and an advocate for his sister and the people of El Salvador. [1]

Early life

Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from Brooklyn Prep.

Legal career

He graduated from Fordham College in 1960, and later received his law degree from St. John's University. Originally, he worked for the law firm of Mudge Rose, and later formed his own firm.[2] He was closely involved with the organization, Human Rights First. He received an honorary doctoral degree from Fordham University in 1990.[3][4] As part of a campaign for justice for his sister, he obtained a 54.6 million dollar liability ruling against Jose Guillermo Garcia and Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who were retired El Savadorean generals living in the United States. [5]


  1. ^ Human Rights First 25th Anniversary: Bios biography of William P. Ford, accessed online December 11, 2006.
  2. ^ Cassel, Doug. "Remembering William Ford" (radio commentary). Retrieved 2008-10-03.  
  3. ^ Ford, Bill (2008). "William P. Ford 1936-2008". Catholic Worker (August-September).  
  4. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "William P. Ford, 72, Rights Advocate, Dies" (New York Times Obituary). Retrieved 2008-10-02.  
  5. ^ "El Salvador Generals Guilty of Torture" (BBC web article). July 23, 2002. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  


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