Sending Office: Honorable Dina Titus
Sent By:
Erica.Riordan@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor the Office of International Disability Rights Act

Endorsed by: The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL),
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Humanity & Inclusion, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) National, Disability Rights International (DRI), American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), Global Campaign for Education-US
(GCE-US), Women’s Refugee Commission, TASH, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, Kids Included Together (KIT), Not Dead Yet, UCP Wheels for Humanity, Epilepsy Foundation, CORE Group, Early Childhood Development Task Force (ECTfd) at Global Partnership
for Children with Disabilities , Global Reading Network/Reading with Reach, Helen Keller International, Partnership for Early Childhood Development and Disability Rights (PECDDR), RISE Institute, Solidarity Center, SPOON, World Education Inc., World Learning,
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, Christopher Reeve Foundation, National Association of the Deaf, American Foundation for the Blind, World Institute of Disability (WID), The Arc, Post-Polio Health International, Human Rights Watch, The Autism Society

Cosponsors: Young, Gonzalez (Vicente), Lieu, Cicilline, McGovern, Meeks, Luria                                  

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us as a cosponsor of the Office of International Disability Rights Act, H.R. 3373.

The full inclusion of people with disabilities is a fundamental aspect of democracy, and it must be a priority in U.S. foreign policy. Recently, the United States has been missing from the global disability rights movement and, as a result, foreign countries
are looking to others with less expertise. We must regain our footing as the leading defender of human rights for all people.

The International Disability Rights team at the State Department leads American efforts to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. The group provides guidance on making democracy and human rights activities more inclusive; encourages foreign governments
to combat discrimination; promotes disability-inclusive practices and training of State Department staff; and ensures emergency planning and humanitarian aid are accessible to persons with disabilities. The team also represents the United States in multilateral
engagements on international disability issues and has been instrumental in gathering information and producing statistics on international disability rights in the State Department’s annual country reports on human rights and human trafficking.

This bill would ensure that the State Department uses its diplomatic tools to promote the empowerment of persons with disabilities worldwide by establishing a permanent Office of International Disability Rights at the State Department led by a Special Advisor,
a position that has been left vacant under the current administration. The legislation also requires State Department personnel to undergo disability inclusion training. With this bill, the State Department would be in a stronger position to partner with disabled
persons’ organizations, civil society, and foreign governments to empower the one billion persons with disabilities worldwide.

For additional information or to cosponsor this bill, please contact Erica Riordan (Erica.riordan@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Titus’s office.

Sincerely,

Dina Titus
Member of Congress

Don Young
Member of Congress

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