March 1, 2022

Urgent Action: Protect People with Disabilities and Children in Ukraine’s Orphanages

Immediate attention is needed to protect people with disabilities in Ukraine and ensure their full inclusion in international relief efforts. Disability Rights International (DRI) is especially concerned about 100,000 to 200,000 children segregated from society in the country’s orphanages.   Residential institutions are dangerous places for children – especially during armed conflict – segregated from society […]

October 13, 2021

New report: Still at Risk – Death and Disappearance of Survivors of the fire at Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción

Guatemala City, October 13, 2021 – Disability Rights International (DRI) published a report detailing how survivors of the fire and children who were detained at Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asuncion in Guatemala are still at risk. On March 7, 2017, boys and girls protested the physical and sexual abuse, rape and trafficking they suffered […]

September 17, 2021

More than 200 endorsements of Call to Action to protect the right to family

At least 10 million children around the world grow up without the love and care of a family in orphanages, institutions and “residential care.” More than a billion dollars a year in development and charity money supports orphanages, residential care, and group homes. DRI reports have documented abuse, neglect, trafficking and exploitation of these children. Now, more than 200 disability and children’s […]

September 17, 2021

Webinar recording: A Global Controversy: International Human Rights Implications of Replacing Orphanages with Small Group Homes

Around the world, millions of children grow up without a family in orphanages and residential care. Billions of dollars of charity funds from private US donors every year goes to support those programs. While there is extensive evidence that orphanage placement is dangerous for children, there is now a controversy at the United Nations as […]

September 13, 2021

Call to action to protect the right to family life – webinar recordings

Reflections, practices and call to action in advance of the CRC’s Committee Day of General Discussion on children’s rights and alternative care Group homes for children with disabilities? Disability rights perspectives. Symposium September 7th 2021 Sponsored and hosted by University of Leeds, UK Watch recording here Agenda: 14:35 – Welcome and Housekeeping – University of […]