Foreign Affairs News and Releases

News and Releases

USICD Supports Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
February 11, 2016
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) welcomes the transmission of the Marrakesh Treaty to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification by the United States.

Roll Call: Dole, Harkin Renew Disability Treaty Push After SCOTUS Decision
June 4, 2014
Source: Niels Lesniewski

Republican Senators Urge Call for CRPD Ratification
June 4, 2014
Source: Mark Kirk, U.S. Senator For Illinois

Chairman Menendez: Bond Decision Clears Way for Consideration of Disability Treaty
June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014
Source: Marion Watkins

Harkin: Senate Should Act on Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Following Supreme Court Decision in Bond
June 2, 2014

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Supreme Court Decision Gives Green Light to Senate to Ratify Disability Treaty
June 2, 2014

Human rights for thee but not for me
March 12, 2014
Source: Al Jazeera America

John Kerry: Our disabled deserve access abroad
July 21, 2013
Source: USA Today

A Russian Orphan Fights to Stop Ban on Adoptions
December 27, 2012

USA re-elected to a seat on Human Rights Committee
November 13, 2012
Interview to Ambassador Rice on the topic of the US being reelected for a second, three year term to the UN Human Rights Council.

Conversations With America: Promoting Disability Rights
October 12, 2012
Source: U.S. Department of State

US Delegation Statement to UN Working Group on Aging
August 21, 2012

In Bi-Partisan Vote, Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty
July 27, 2012
Source: Senate Foreign Relations Committee

State Department to Host International Disability Rights Leadership Conference
May 11, 2012

InterAction Reflects on House Foreign Operations Bill Approved by Subcommittee
May 11, 2012

Senator Harkin (D-IA) sends letter to President Obama supporting a WIPO treaty for the visually impaired
April 6, 2012
Source: Knowledge Ecology International

US announces 2010 UPR Implementation Plan
March 28, 2012

Disability References in the ICCPR
February 6, 2012

Judy Heuman and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo on Access to Elections
February 1, 2012
Source: US Department of State

USAID Works to Get Wheelchairs to Those Who Need Them
January 13, 2012
Source: USAID

USICD Statement on 2011 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 2, 2011

Presidential Proclamation on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 2, 2011
Source: White House

US envoy says voices of disabled must be heard
November 8, 2011
Source: Irish Times
Strides made in Ireland to create more equality praised by Heumann as an example to others.

U.S. Diplomat Meets with Belarus’ Coordinator of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
November 8, 2011

State Department International Athletes with Disabilities Exchange
August 11, 2011
Source: White House
Recognizing the need for inclusiveness in the world of sports and people-to-people exchanges, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that it will bring 14 athletes from Kazakhstan to the United States to participate in an inaugural exchange for athletes with physical disabilities.

Maria Otero of State Department Discusses CRPD at Human Rights Conference
April 28, 2011
Source: U.S. State Department

USICD Executive Director David Morrissey to Appear on State Department's 'Conversations with America'
February 10, 2011

NOD Addresses Defense Department on Wounded Warriors
January 7, 2011

HIV/AIDS and Disabilities: Making the Connection
December 15, 2010
Source: Media Newswire

State Department Statement on International Day of Persons With Disabilities
December 3, 2010
Source: U.S. State Department

U.S. Special Advisor for International Disability Rights visits Jordan
October 20, 2010
Source: Ammon News

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Celebrates 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 26, 2010

Tony Coelho Calls for Your Support for CRPD Ratification
July 19, 2010

Judith Heumann to Join U.S. State Department in Fulfillment of Obama-Clinton Pledge
May 27, 2010

U.S. Delegation to World Intellectual Property Organization Supports Accessibility
December 17, 2009

Senate Subcommittee Hearing on U.S. Implementation of Human Rights Treaties
December 9, 2009
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, will hold a hearing entitled "The Law of the Land: U.S. Implementation of Human Rights Treaties" on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

Proclamation by President Obama Recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 4, 2009
President Barack Obama Proclaims December 3, 2009, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the United States.

U.S. Announces Standard Process for Disability Accommodations in Immigration
November 23, 2009
On November 19, 2009 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced a standard process for disability accommodations to ensure that customers have a central point of contact.

The CRPD: Briefing for Americas Diplomatist Magazine
August 14, 2009

Statement from USICD President Marca Bristo on the day of US signing
July 30, 2009

Americans with disabilities applaud President Obama’s intention to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
July 21, 2009
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), representing a broad constituency of Americans with disabilities and disability organizations, praised today’s announcement of President Barack Obama’s intention to sign the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).