Disability Rights International
www.disabilityrightsintl.org Disability Rights International (DRI - formerly Mental Disability Rights International), is an international human rights organization dedicated to the rights and full participation in society of people with disabilities. DRI documents abuses and promotes international awareness and oversight of the rights of people with disabilities. DRI trains and supports disability rights and human rights activists worldwide to promote rights enforcement and service-system reform.
DRI is based in Washington, DC with regional offices in Mexico and Serbia. DRI has investigated human rights conditions and collaborated with activists in more than two dozen countries of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. DRI has authored or published reports on the United States (2010), Vietnam (1999, published by UNICEF), Serbia (2007), Argentina (2007), Romania (2006), Turkey (2005), Peru (2004), US Foreign Policy (2003, published by the US National Council on Disability), Kosovo (2002), Mexico (2000), Russia (1999, published by UNICEF), Hungary (1997), and Uruguay (2005). These reports have brought unprecedented international attention to the human rights of people with disabilities.
Laurie Ahern, President
Eric Rosenthal, JD, Executive Director
Adrienne Jones, Director of Finance and Administration
Dragana Ciric Milovanovic, Director, Regional Advocacy Support Center, Serbia
Zamira Duraku, Director, Kosovo Office
Sofía Galván Puente, LLM, Director for Mexico and Central America
John W. Heffernan, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, DRI Board Chair
Elizabeth Bauer, DRI Board Secretary
Ilene F. Cook, The Washington Post, DRI Board Treasurer
Holly Burkhalter, International Justice Mission
Patricia M. Wald, US Court of Appeals (ret.)
Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos
www.cmdpdh.org The Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (CMDPDH) is a nongovernmental organization with a 20 year history defending victims of human rights violations and promoting a culture in the field that serves to strengthen the rule of law. CMDPDH has set very important legal precedents in a variety of topics, including: military justice and due process through the case of General José Francisco Gallardo, transitional justice in the case of community leader Rosendo Radilla, who disappeared during the "dirty war" and was brought to the Interamerican Court of Human Rights; femicide through a program of strategic litigation in Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez; the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights through health cases in Chiapas and the presentation of diverse cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. It is noteworthy that the CMDPDH has a program of psychosocial support to victims and a communication and advocacy program, which allows us to address our cases in a comprehensive and multidisciplinary way.
In 2009, the CMDPDH in a joint project with Disability Rights International, began a series of visits to several psychiatric hospitals in the Mexican Republic in order to observe, document, inform and raise awareness on the situation of extreme vulnerability and systematic violation of persons with psychosocial disabilities’ (PCDPS) human rights, detained in these places. Based on the needs identified and given the importance of defending and promoting the rights of PCDPS, a new disability area within the CMDPDH was created to achieve through strategic litigation, national and international advocacy and building capacities, structural changes and significant progress in this populations attention paradigm shift, beyond the model of welfare and implementing a model of protection, respect and enforcement of human rights.
Dedication This report is dedicated to:
Ilse Michelle Curiel Martinez. After allegedly suffering from abuse in her home at six years old, the authorities placed her in an institution. Ilse’s grandmother reported to us that she and other family members offered to take her in, but the authorities would not let the girl stay with them. When her parents went to look for Ilse at the Casita del Sur, where authorities placed her in June 2007, she had disappeared. After a long investigation, the authorities have not given the family any information about her whereabouts. Officials at the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District believe she was trafficked.
Ardelia Martinez Estrada, Ilse’s grandmother. She reported to us that she tried to stop Ilse’s placement by offering to take her in. She refuses to give up the search for her missing granddaughter.
The thousands of children and adultsin Mexico’s institutions who have no opportunity to return to the community. The government of Mexico has no record as to how many people are detained in its psychiatric facilities, orphanages, shelters, and other institutions for people with disabilities.