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October 13, 2021
New report: Still at Risk – Death and Disappearance of Survivors of the fire at Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción
September 17, 2021
More than 200 endorsements of Call to Action to protect the right to family
Webinar recording: A Global Controversy: International Human Rights Implications of Replacing Orphanages with Small Group Homes
September 13, 2021
Call to action to protect the right to family life – webinar recordings
Call to action to protect the right to family life & prevent institutionalization for all children
September 8, 2021
September 9 webinar – Eric Rosenthal on international human rights implications of replacing orphanages with small group homes
August 26, 2021
Webinars September 7 & 8: Advancing the right to family life for all children
July 6, 2021
July 7 webinar – children with disabilities in Bulgaria
June 24, 2021
Report: Serbia’s Forgotten Children
June 15, 2021
June 17 webinar – transitional justice and disability
May 13, 2021
Call for submissions to UN working group on deinstitutionalization
April 29, 2021
Torture at Massachusetts school – Eric Rosenthal on Today Show
March 1, 2021
March 4 webinar: COVID-19, institutionalization of persons with disabilities, and the right to truth
December 2, 2020
Children with Disabilities in Adversity – webinar December 4
October 26, 2020
Webinar October 26, 2020 – Crimes Against Humanity in Mexico
October 20, 2020
Online launch of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Global Report
October 7, 2020
October 9 – DRI holds hearing at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
August 4, 2020
COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) calls for an end to police violence and abuse against persons with disabilities and their family members
July 20, 2020
COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) calls for an emergency response to the catastrophic abuse of the human rights of persons with disabilities in institutions 
June 16, 2020
Safety through Inclusion webinar series: Part 3
June 4, 2020
Safety through Inclusion: The Case for Emergency Deinstitutionalization – webinar series
June 2, 2020
Launch of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Dashboard
May 12, 2020
Urgent appeal to the United Nations: Immediate protections for people exposed to COVID-19 inside Guatemala disability institution
April 20, 2020
Action steps to protect children and adults with disabilities during COVID-19 pandemic – especially in institutions and orphanages
Launch of COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor
April 6, 2020
Protecting the rights of persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic
March 5, 2020
No more torture as treatment at MA school
December 3, 2019
Please support Disability Rights International
November 21, 2019
New DRI report finds appalling conditions in Bulgaria’s group homes
September 11, 2019
Joint shadow report to UN CRPD Committee
September 5, 2019
DRI protests “City of Children” in Armenia
June 7, 2019
Newsweek reports on DRI’s latest Mexico report
June 4, 2019
Video: History and work of Disability Rights International
May 31, 2019
Report release – At the US Border and Segregated from Society
April 15, 2019
Watch video – Webinar on Family and Community Integration of Children under CRPD
March 19, 2019
Victory for disability rights in Mexico
January 16, 2019
DRI wins case to end torture
December 10, 2018
Support Disability Rights International today
November 27, 2018
DRI files case demanding US end torture of children – story in the Guardian
September 27, 2018
DRI releases report on Kenya – infanticide and abuse
July 18, 2018
Guatemala report featured by Thomson Reuters Foundation
July 16, 2018
DRI releases new report on Guatemala – voluntourism, abuse, trafficking
June 8, 2018
DRI hosts UN panel on children’s rights at disability conference (COSP)
March 8, 2018
International Women’s Day – remembering tragedy at Guatemala orphanage
February 8, 2018
Press release: Mexico’s draft mental health law would violate basic human rights if adopted by legislature
November 28, 2017
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November 27, 2017
Dragana Ciric Milovanovic, DRI-Serbia, speaks at UN on violence against women
November 8, 2017
DRI President Laurie Ahern op-ed in the Guardian
September 27, 2017
UN Disability Committee recognizes groundbreaking rights for children
September 8, 2017
Justice for victims of Federico Mora
September 6, 2017
DRI seeks justice for survivors of deadly Guatemala orphanage fire
August 9, 2017
Victory in Guatemala – right to live in the community
May 30, 2017
Reception honoring David Morrissey – June 2
April 19, 2017
Watch Eric Rosenthal at UN – Protecting Children from Torture
March 22, 2017
Eric Rosenthal op-ed in the Washington Post
March 15, 2017
DRI’s new report on Guatemala featured in the New York Times
March 14, 2017
DRI’s case against Mexico featured in The Guardian
March 9, 2017
Urgent – Support justice for Guatemalan girls killed in fire at safe house
February 22, 2017
Associate Director for Advocacy joins DRI’s DC office
January 18, 2017
DRI files groundbreaking case against Mexican government
November 29, 2016
Your support is crucial to Disability Rights International
September 26, 2016
DRI’s Worldwide Children’s Campaign featured in the Guardian
September 2, 2016
Based on DRI’s reporting, UN Committee issues historic recommendation to Guatemala to abolish the institutionalization of all children
July 27, 2016
Many thanks to Holly and Nick
Check out our new Women & Girls page
May 17, 2016
Eric Rosenthal delivers commencement address at Georgetown Law Center
May 12, 2016
UPDATE – Threats continue against DRI staff in Mexico
May 10, 2016
DRI staff threatened on eve of press conference in Mexico City
May 5, 2016
DRI President Laurie Ahern on Experience Talks radio show
May 3, 2016
Check out our new Strategic Litigation page!
March 8, 2016
International Women’s Day
February 22, 2016
Disability rights – for us, it’s personal
January 19, 2016
CNN Should Reexamine Support of Orphanages — DRI President Laurie Ahern
December 9, 2015
From horror to hope….because of you!
November 13, 2015
DRI President Laurie Ahern wins Purpose Prize
November 11, 2015
No Justice: Torture, Trafficking and Segregation in Mexico
October 27, 2015
Eric Rosenthal receives award from Phillips Exeter Academy
September 15, 2015
The Visionaries premieres at Busboys and Poets
September 4, 2015
Watch now – Disability Rights International featured on The Visionaries on PBS
August 26, 2015
Preview DRI in The Visionaries on PBS
August 10, 2015
DRI’s Priscila Rodriguez interviewed on Univision
July 30, 2015
DRI Victory in Mexico on ABC World News Tonight
April 16, 2015
DRI investigation reveals shocking dangers and violence faced by children living in orphanages
February 24, 2015
Disability Rights International (DRI) research exposes egregious abuses against women with disabilities in Mexico City
December 15, 2014
Thank you to DRI International Ambassador Holly Valance
December 5, 2014
BBC Shines Spotlight on Abusive Institution in Guatemala – and DRI’s fight to protect detainees
December 2, 2014
Unlock the Cage – the most vulnerable need your help this holiday season
November 12, 2014
Disability Rights International urges the United States to ratify the UN Disability Convention
November 4, 2014
DRI’s Eric Rosenthal Appointed Georgetown University Law School 2015-2016 Drinan Chair in Human Rights
October 29, 2014
DRI files international case to protect children and adults detained in Guatemala’s dangerous Federico Mora institution
June 19, 2014
DRI calls for an end to international support for segregation of children worldwide in the New York Times
DRI Op-Ed published in Chicago Tribune: Now is the time for international aid to protect Ukraine’s most vulnerable
Following DRI report, the Republic of Georgia guarantees life-saving medical care to children with hydrocephalus
Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommends a ban on shock devices used on children with disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center
DRI and allies testify on abuses in the Americas
DRI Urges Guatemala to Implement Obligations Under IACHR Accord.
January 15, 2014
Disability Rights are Human Rights
January 8, 2014
BBC World News covers DRI report on human rights abuses in the Republic of Georgia
December 24, 2013
Following release of human rights report, DRI calls for Georgian government to take immediate action
December 16, 2013
DRI releases report documenting atrocious human rights abuses in the Republic of Georgia’s orphanages and institutions for people with disabilities
October 22, 2013
DRI helps Mexican activists fight human rights abuses
August 10, 2013
Support Families, Not Orphanages.
July 25, 2013
Disability Rights International opens Kiev, Ukraine advocacy office
July 16, 2013
DRI submits amicus brief to Mexican Supreme Court in a landmark case for disability rights
June 26, 2013
DRI Ambassador Holly Valance Promotes Worldwide Campaign to End Institutionalization of Children
June 19, 2013
DRI Perspective, “Segregation and Abuse in Institutions,” published in 2013 UNICEF Report
June 3, 2013
Eric Rosenthal, Founder & Executive Director of DRI, receives 2013 Charles Bronfman Award
May 6, 2013
DRI’s Serbia affiliate releases human rights report: The Hidden and Forgotten
April 24, 2013
DRI Testimony: US Action Needed to Protect Disability Rights Worldwide
March 15, 2013
Disability Rights International continues to pressure Guatemalan government to end human rights abuses at notorious psychiatric facility
January 22, 2013
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture calls on Obama Administration to take action to end torture at Massachusetts school for children with disabilities
January 1, 2013
DRI President Laurie Ahern named Viscardi Award Recipient
November 28, 2012
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights orders Guatemala to protect children and adults from abuses in psychiatric facility
July 23, 2012
ACTION ALERT: Support Needed to Help US Ratify CRPD
June 5, 2012
The United Nations calls again for investigation of JRC’s shock treatments
June 4, 2012
DRI Founder and Executive Director, Eric Rosenthal, Receives 2012 Public Service Award from the University of Chicago
May 25, 2012
DRI Calls for Speedy US Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
May 21, 2012
Nations Must Protect Their Children, Not Their Reputation
April 11, 2012
Video Evidence of Torture at JRC Released to Public
March 26, 2012
Watch DRI’s Video Documentation of Human Rights Violations in Mexican Institutions
March 20, 2012
Disability Rights International to Testify on Torture in Mexico
March 13, 2012
French Government Announces Recommendations to End Torturous Practice Against Children With Autism
February 23, 2012
Disability Rights International Alleges Torturous Practice Against Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder in France
November 21, 2011
6 months old, and left to die.
November 7, 2011
JRC Banned from Shocking New Admissions
August 30, 2011
DRI Supports the Creation of the Colectivo Chuhcan
July 28, 2011
Historic Victory against Segregation in Serbia
May 26, 2011
Director of Massachusetts “Shock School” Resigns After Being Indicted on Criminal Charges
March 14, 2011
The Guardian Exposes the Truth about the Judge Rotenberg Center
November 30, 2010
DRI finds children and adults with disabilities disappeared, trafficked, and abused in Mexico’s psychiatric facilities and orphanages
November 23, 2010
Sign our Petition to Close the Judge Rotenberg Center
October 28, 2010
DRI granted a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
October 20, 2010
Paul Steven Miller (May 4, 1961 – October 19, 2010)
October 2, 2010
Disability Rights International’s “Torture, not Treatment” Op-Ed Published in The Washington Post
July 23, 2010
Disability Rights International Launches New Name and Website
July 12, 2010
Disability Rights International Alleges Torture Against Children and Adults with Disabilities in the United States