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Responding to Sec. Tillersons Plan to Eliminate the Special Advisor for Intl. Disability Rights
Instead, in a recent letter to Senator Corker, Secretary Tillerson has chosen to recommend eliminating the position entirely and proposes relegating the current disability mission under the Office of the Secretary to the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Letter Proposing Elimination of Office of International Disability Rights at the Department of State
Section 108 of Senate's Authorities Act
We Need Your Help!!
When contacting US Senators, please ask them to do the following:
1. Establish the U.S. Special Advisor for International Disability Rights in the Department of State a permanent entity with authorization for sufficient standing (e.g. ambassadorship for the director), staff, and funding.
2. This can be accomplished by supporting and strengthening the language that establishes the Office of International Disability Rights that is already included in the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2018.
3. When Secretary Tillerson failed to respond to USICD's letter, it showed a clear disregard for the disability community in the United States and the discrimination and isolation faced by over one billion persons with disabilities worldwide.
3. Secretary Tillerson must meet with the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and hear from people with disabilities about the important role the Special Advisor has in the global disability rights movement.
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