Two teams of U.S. disability rights experts traveled to Mexico and Vietnam in March 2015 to learn about the status of implementation of national legislation and international policies to protect the rights of people with disabilities.
Working with leading Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), U.S. teams convened leaders from disability, government, civil society and private sectors, to explore legal frameworks and strategies for addressing critical issues including physical accessibility, education, employment and access to legal services.
“The experience and expertise of MIUSA and its U.S.-based consortium partner organizations are an excellent match for us. We are eager to exchange strategies and learn from our colleagues in the U.S. and other countries involved in this project.” – DPO in Vietnam
The five-day visits launched field-based work in RightsNow! project countries, with the inaugural trip to Kenya in April. In summer 2015, U.S. teams will return to conduct in-depth trainings to address country-specific priorities and technical assistance drawing on the U.S. experience of implementing disability rights laws.
The RightsNow! project aims to strengthen DPOs, build sustainable coalitions and advance disability rights through enforcement of legislation and other strategies. Read more about the project in “RightsNow! Project Focuses on CRPD Implementation”.
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Mexico & Vietnam