Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities
September 12, 2011
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Room 603
Washington, DC 20016
On September 12, 2011, the Center, together with Disability Rights International (DRI), convened a multi-panel discussion addressing current issues on trafficking and violence against women and girls with disabilities. The first panel discussed the new international disability rights framework, as well as findings from Disability Rights International’s report, Abandoned & Disappeared: Segregation and Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities in Mexico. Speakers included DRI Executive Director and Founder Eric Rosenthal and witnesses from Mexico, including Sofia Galvan, Director of DRI for Mexico and Central America; Ana Yeli Perez of DRI’s Women's Rights Advocacy Initiative of the Americas; and Raul Montoya, Executive Director of Colectivo Chuhcun.
The second panel assessed the global implications for women and girls with disabilities, with speakers including Judy Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State; Professor Janie Chuang, Associate Professor of Law at WCL; and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator for the Office of Disability and Inclusive Development at USAID. Hadar Harris, Executive Director of the Center, moderated the panel.
Following the afternoon panel discussion, WCL hosted the Disability Rights International (DRI) Board of Directors Dinner. DRI Executive Director and Founder Eric Rosenthal presented Cynthia McFadden of ABC News with an award for her work on Mexico and on the Judge Rotenberg Center. Tribute was also given to Professor Herman Schwartz, who brought Eric Rosenthal to the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law in the early days of the creation of Mental Disability Rights International, enabling the organization to take its first steps into becoming the highly regarded organization it is today.
4:30 – 4:40 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks
4:40 – 5:20 pm: The New International Disability Rights Framework
5:20 – 6:00 pm: Global Implications for Women and Girls with Disabilities
6:15 – 9:00 pm: Disability Rights International Board of Directors Dinner
Materials Made Available at 2011 Conference:
- Abandoned and Disappeared: Mexico’s Segregation and Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities (2010), Report by Disability Rights International. Available in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF), and Accessible Text Version (Word)