UNCRPD panel, May 16

UNCRPD panel, May 16


Protecting the Rights of People With Disabilities Internationally: Is the U.S. For It or Against It? Th May 16, 5:00-8:00pm, William Gates Hall 138 (UW Law School).

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights treaty which aims to promote, protect, and ensure full and equal enjoyment of all human rights for people with disabilities.  Although the CRPD was inspired by the American with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Senate refused to ratify the treaty in December, 2012, in an embarrassing setback to the Disability Rights Movement.  The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider ratification of the CRPD again this year.

The purpose of this event is to explain the CRPD and its importance around the world, to examine why the U.S. Senate refused to ratify it, and to explore strategies to achieve ratification of the treaty in 2013.


Joelle Brouner is the Executive Director of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council and longstanding and well-respected member of the national and international disability rights community.  Brouner has extensive knowledge of disability in public policy, disability rights movements and culturally-relevant support for survivors with disabilities who have experienced violence.

Andrea Parra is an attorney and faculty member of the University of the Andes, in Bogota, Columbia. Parra directs the Program of Action for Equality and Social Inclusion at the University, the goal of which is to advance global human rights for disenfranchised and minority populations. Parra’s law degrees are from Boston University, Universidad de Los Andes and University of Ottawa.

Matthew Metz is an attorney and President of the Greater Seattle Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.   He assists many people with disabilities in his legal practice. 

When: May 16, 2013, 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: William Gates Hall, Room 138, University of Washington Law School

RSVP to Jodi Rose, Disability Rights Washington: jodir@dr-wa.org

The event will have ASL interpreters and captioning.  The venue is wheelchair accessible.  Please refrain from wearing fragrance/scents.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu.

This event is presented by Disability Rights Washington, the UW Disability Law Association, and the Disability Studies Program.