DRI’s work and media campaigns have exposed to the world the horrors these children face. The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, social media, ABC, NPR, NBC, news and documentaries – just to name a few - have continually covered DRI’s work, including DRI’s opinion and editorial pieces, resulting in uninterrupted pressure on those who have the power to assist in making change.

DRI's Priscila Rodríguez speaks at UN Side Event on Strategic Litigation to Protect People with Disabilities

Watch the recording of the UN side event "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Strategic Litigation" featuring a presentation from Priscila Rodríguez on how DRI's recent work will have a profound impact on litigating the rights of persons with disabilities.

Inter- American Commission on Human Rights hears testimony on abuse and torture case filed by DRI and Georgetown Law School’s O’Neil Institute

Washington, DC, July 2023 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), recently held a public hearing on a case filed against the Mexican government by Disability Rights International (DRI) and Georgetown University Law School’s O'Neill Institute, regarding the abuses and torture perpetrated against children and adults – most with developmental disabilities - who are confined indefinitely to the Casa Esperanza Institution in Mexico.  

New DRI Report - Families Find a Way: Children with disabilities in war-torn Ukraine

DRI asked more than 500 brave and courageous families living in Ukraine what they are now experiencing during the war and what they need. These interviews provide a blueprint of the change that must occur – by governments, donors, policymakers, caregivers, and communities during the war and recovery process. We must hear their stories and listen to their voices.

International Children with Disabilities Protection Act: Senate Briefing & Reception December 6th 2022

Link to DRI PSA Senate Bill for the International Children with Disabilities Protection Act. HERE  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naepOo4snKA[/embed] Link to Livestream recording of the Senate Briefing & Reception Celebrating the International Children with Disabilities Protection Act and International Day of Persons with Disabilities. HERE [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLEp5zZV4w0[/embed]

Bipartisan Senators Introduce International Children with Disabilities Protection Act in US Congress

This bill represents everything we’ve been working on for over two decades. All children — especially children with disabilities — need our support to live and grow up in a loving family. And they need protection against being placed in orphanages or other institutions.

—   Laurie Ahern, President, Disability Rights International