Tuesday, June 15, 2021
On Thursday June 17, 2021, from 10:00-11:15 am ET, Disability Rights International (DRI) is hosting a virtual event "Transitional Justice and Disability in the Americas: Accountability for Serious and Pervasive Human Rights Violations". Click here to register.
Speakers for the event include:
- Juan Mendez, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
- Juliana Bustamante, Director of PAIIS Colombia
- Alberto Vásquez, President of Sociedad y Discapacidad (SODIS) Peru
- Silvia Quan, President of Colectivo Vida Independiente de Guatemala
- Amalia Gamio, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Fabian Salvioli, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence (invited)
- Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director, DRI
- Priscila Rodríguez, Associate Director, DRI
International Sign, English captioning, and simultaneous English-Spanish translation available.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Over at the LPE Blog, Professor Shirley Lin writes about the law and political economy of disability accommodations. A defining feature of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the accommodations mandate was drafted with a transformative social model of disability in mind. However, Congress essentially delegated the design for this mandate to the Reagan-era EEOC, which in turn operationalized accommodations through de facto bargaining between employees and employers. By evaluating new empirical evidence relating to race, class, and gender and the theories underlying the mandate, her forthcoming article argues that market logic further limited its redistributive work and society’s ability to critique its effectiveness. In response, her article proposes reallocations of power so that the state can: gather and publicize organizational precedent to enable structural analysis and regulation at scale; legally recognize that dismantling ableist environments and discrimination are collective endeavors; and expand the social insurance model for accommodations through tax policy. Read more here.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Last week Jeremiah Ho updated us on the status of anti-discrimination laws in the fifty states where discrimination is based on sexual identity. New York was cited as one state that is close to enacting such protections.
In 1945, New York passed its first Human Rights law which bans discrimination on several grounds. One section of the act reads, for example: