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United States Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities


At 9 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 12, the U.S. Committee on Foreign Relations will host a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

In her role as President of the Board of the United States International Council on Disabilities, Marca Bristo (President & CEO of Access Living in Chicago) has played an instrumental role in building support of ratification of the treaty.

The Convention seeks to ensure that countries across the globe provide people with disabilities the same rights as everyone else in order to live full, satisfying and productive lives. The Convention will create greater access for Americans serving, working, traveling, and studying abroad.

Panelists for the Hearing include:

The Honorable Judith Heumann,
Special Adviser for International Disability Rights
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Eve Hill,
Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General For Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Justice

The Honorable Richard Thornburg
Former Attorney General of the United States
Of Counsel, K&L Gates, LLP

Mr. John Wodatch
Former Chief of the Disability Rights Section Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Mr. John Lancaster
1st Lt., U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Retired Executive Director of the
National Council On Independent Living

When: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 9 a.m. Eastern
Where: Senate Dirksen Building Room G50, Washington,D.C



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