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New Project Pioneers Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Globally



The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to announce our participation in a new disability rights consortium led by Mobility International USA (MIUSA). Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the consortium partners will work to strengthen the implementation and enforcement of disability rights legislation and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) at national and local levels in Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam.

The RightsNow! Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities project will develop tools, training, resources, and networks of disability leaders to advance the rights of people with disabilities through effective implementation and enforcement of legislation. In addition to MIUSA and IFES, other consortium partners include the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), a disability-led organization at the forefront of U.S. disability civil rights law and policy, and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD), a disability-led organization committed to advocacy and action to promote the global disability rights agenda.

The RightsNow! consortium will provide technical assistance to civil society and governments focusing on sharing the U.S. experience including development, implementation and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other relevant legislation, such as the Help America Vote Act. Working in partnership with local disabled people’s organizations, the project will engage all segments of societies to promote sustainable change.