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Disability Rights International


Civil Society



Organisation Description

Based in Washington, DC, DRI is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting the rights and full participation in society of people with disabilitties. DRI documents human rights abuses, publishes reports on human rights enforcement and promotes international oversight of the rights of people with disabilities. Children are a priority group for DRI. In partcular. women and girls with disabilities are subjected to egregious and widespread right violations. Those who are detained in institutions and segregated from society suffer horrific abuse. DRI has found through its investigations that abuse against women and girls with disabilities - such as trafficking, forced sterilization, sexual violence and physical absue - is rampant, especially when women and girsl are locked away and forgotten in institutions and orphanages.

Drawing on the skills and expertise of attorneys, mental health professionals, human rights advocates, people with disabilities and their family members, DRI trains and supports advocates seeking legal and service system reform and assists governments in developing laws and policies to promote community integration and human rights enforcement for people with disabilities. DRI is forging new alliances throughout the world to challenge the discrimination and abuse facsed by people with disabilities, as well as working with locally-based advocates to create new advocacy projects and to promote citizen participation and human rights for children and adults.


Sexual violence

Physical violence

Emotional violence




Women and gender equality

Early Childhood Development

Social Services/Child Protection

Social Protection


Justice/Law Enforcement

Human Rights

Humanitarian action