If you are an immigrant (even US citizens), here are nine things you need to know

How all US immigrants can protect themselves under Trump’s new regulations. This includes US citizens, green card holders, people with student visas or temporary work visas, and undocumented immigrants. The video is in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captions. (You might need to toggle the captions on to see them). Full transcript for the video follows below.

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Are you a Naturalized U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, Visa Holder, or an Undocumented Immigrant?
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We recommend you take the following steps to protect yourself in our current version of America.
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The last couple of weeks have reminded immigrants, even naturalized U.S. citizens, that they were not born in the United States.
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Our office has received countless phone calls, emails, and social media messages from people worrying about what their family’s future in the United States holds.
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Most people want to know what they can do now to protect themselves from what promises to be a wave of anti-immigration activity by the federal government.
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Trump’s Executive Order on Interior Enforcement has some provisions that should make most Americans shiver.
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We recommend the following actions for each of the following groups:
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Naturalized U.S. citizens. In particular if you have a foreign accent, and you are traveling within 100 miles of any US Border (including the oceans),
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we strongly recommend carrying with you your US passport, or passport card, or a photocopy of your naturalization certificate.
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Because of the unpredictability of the current situation,
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we recommend keeping a photocopy of these documents in a safe place at your home, so that if necessary, someone will have access to it.
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You may very well need to prove your US Citizenship.
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Permanent residents. Most people don’t know this,
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but federal law requires that anyone who is NOT a US Citizen is required to carry with them at all times, evidence of their lawful status.
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So, carry your green card with you at all times!
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You should also keep a photocopy of your green card in a safe place at home so that it can be accessed by someone in case you lose your card and you need it to identify yourself.
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You should also renew your green card a full 6 months before expiration.
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If your green card has expired, renew it now.
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And, if it is not obvious at this point, you should start the process to naturalize immediately!
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Lawfully present nonimmigrants
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DACA
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U Visa,
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EADs,
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Visitors, Students,
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H1Bs, etc.).
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Carry with you at all times your Employment Authorization Document, I-94 card, passport with entry stamp, or other proof of lawful presence
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More than 60% of the US population lives in this zone (100 mile border)
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If you are within the 100 mile border area
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Carry the original with you and keep a photocopy in a safe place at home
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Undocumented immigrants in the US for more than two years.
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Keep with you at all times evidence that you have been present for at least two years.
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Why? Because President Trump just ordered DHS to examine activating a never used provision in immigration law
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that allows for the immediate removal from the US of anyone who cannot prove they have been here for two years (absent a claim for asylum).
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We do not know when ICE or CBP might activate the change, but we need to be prepared.
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Evidence that you might want with you are utility bills, receipts, Facebook posts, mail or any other documentation with your name going back two years,
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BUT, be very careful of using pay stubs if you have used false documents or information to get your job, as those are prosecutable offenses.
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Again you should also keep this information at home so that it is accessible to someone who can help you.
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Keep a photocopy at home.
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And, make sure you have a family plan in place to call for legal assistance if you fail to return home as usual.
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Undocumented immigrants in the US for less than two years.
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The bad news is that you need a plan in place on what will happen to your belongings and your family
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if you do not return home from work, shopping, or school.
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Make sure your relatives know they can look for your name on the ICE detainee website.
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We assume that ICE and CBP will not release you on bond,
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and that if you have a fear or returning home,
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you will need to be VERY vocal about letting everyone know if you are detained.
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Undocumented Immigrants with 10 years in the United States and children.
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You are eligible for Cancellation of Removal, and release on bond.
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Begin now to prepare the paperwork you will need to secure a bond, and to prove your case.
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Don’t be caught unprepared!
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Non-US Citizens (Permanent Residents, Visa Holders, and Undocumented Immigrants) who have a criminal convictions OR are arrested.
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If you have a criminal conviction, or are even arrested for a crime,
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ICE has begun to detain people in this category and has released only a very few on bond.
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If you have relief from removal, you are eligible for bond, but, depending on where you are, you may not be released.
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Prepare for this by saving money for bond now, and have the paperwork organized so that our attorneys can quickly help seek a bond.
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Undocumented Immigrants with prior deportation orders.
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If you have a prior deportation order and have returned to the United States,
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you are subject to prosecution by the federal government for the crime of reentry after deportation.
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President Trump has ordered his U.S. Attorneys to increase the number of people charged with this crime.
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Depending on WHY you were deported (for example a serious criminal offense), you can spend up to five years in federal prison for reentering the US.
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Again, make your plans now about how you want to deal with this situation.
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If you have a deportation order and never left, NOW is the time to speak to an immigration attorney and seek advice about your options to reopen your deportation case.
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For those Arrested by ICE, especially for the undocumented
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In the last few weeks we have heard of parents being picked up at school bus stops and at work and home while the kids are in school.
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Have a plan in place.
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Decide now who picks up the kids from school/daycare, who will be authorized to do so with the school, who to contact first, have a power of attorney prepared for this.
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Also, do your research now into immigration attorneys that you may call in a moment’s notice.
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Keep their phone number handy and ready for family and friends to use.
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Or better yet, go see an excellent immigration attorney now and see what options you may have available to you.
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We give these warnings because we want people to be prepared NOT scared.
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Preparation will ensure that your family is protected.
Published on Feb 20, 2017

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After the Disability Treaty Rally–Yes, We Still Need YOUR Calls to Senators!

This was disseminated yesterday by Access Living in Chicago, which is one of hundreds of organizations involved with the national campaign for the U.S. ratification of the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD).  The rally referenced in this email occurred on July 29th, 2014.  Certain Senators still really need to hear from CRPD supporters!  You will find phone numbers below.  A suggested “script” for what to say is available via the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org.  If you are comfortable using the phone, please do: Many Senators do count phone calls more heavily than most other forms of communication.  Yes, voice mail messages left outside of office hours are still counted!  But if making a phone call isn’t your thing, then email addresses for a staff person in each Senator’s office is also included below.  A template email for you to modify is also available at http://disabilitytreaty.org.

If the Senate adjourns for August recess without voting on the CRPD, then those of us who support the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world will need to sustain our pressure on Senators during August.  Please read below for more information on latest events and for a list of Senators who need to hear from you!

Date: July 30, 2014 12:00:39 PM EDT
Subject: Update on the CRPD Fight from Washington, DC!

Dear Access Living friends and allies,

Writing you from Washington, DC!  Yesterday was an amazing day with disability advocates from across the nation fighting for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

First thing yesterday morning, hundreds of advocates marched from downtown DC to the Reflecting Pool at the US Capitol. Energy and positivity was very high as we knew we were marching with our best!  We rallied with a number of members of Congress who came to express support for independent living and the CRPD.  Among them were our own Senator Dick Durbin and Representatives Brad Schneider and Jan Schakowsky.  They lit the crowd on fire!

Then, about 150 of us marched to the Senate Hart Office Building where there is a large atrium.  We rallied in the atrium with a range of national disability advocates.  Then, we split up to focus on visiting the offices of Senators whose votes we need to pass the CRPD.  I personally visited eight of the twelve key Senate offices with support from Access Living and Progress Center team members. We found some people are still wavering, while some are resisting.

I know that advocates are working all fronts right now to get that support so Senator Tom Harkin can call for a floor vote on the CRPD.  No news yet this morning, but if we have new developments we will be sure to let you know! In the meantime, desk warriors, your support yesterday has meant so much and I need to ask you to call those offices once again today.  Below my signature is the contact info you need.  Just say, “Support the CRPD!”  Every contact counts. Let’s go Illinois!

Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living

Key Senators:

Senator Flake, Arizona
202-224-4521
colleen_donnelly@flake.senate.gov

Senator Isakson, Georgia
202-224-3643
chris_sullivan@isakson.senate.gov

Senator Chambliss, Georgia
202-224-3521
Brandon_bell@chambliss.senate.gov

Senator Coats, Indiana
202-224-5623
terry_snell@coats.senate.gov

Senator Blunt, Missouri
202-224-5721
lauren_mccormack@blunt.senate.gov

Senator Cochran, Mississippi
202-224-5054
tim_wolverton@cochran.senate.gov

Senator  Wicker, Mississippi
202-224-6253
bevin_wilkinson@wicker.senate.gov

Senator Fischer, Nebraska
202-224-6551
peter_schirtzinger@fischer.senate.gov

Senator Johanns, Nebraska
202-224-4224
leslie_campbell@johanns.senate.gov

Senator Burr, North Carolina
202-224-3154
Cynthia_ramos@burr.senate.gov

Senator Portman, Ohio
202-224-3353
tyler_brace@portman.senate.gov

Senator Toomey, Pennsylvania
202-224-4254
dan_adelstein@toomey.senate.gov

Senator Graham,  South Carolina
202-224-5972
matt_rimkunas@lgraham.senate.gov

Senator Scott, South Carolina
202-224-6121
spencer_pederson@scott.senate.gov

Senator Hoeven, North Dakota
202-224-2551
josh_carter@hoeven.senate.gov

Senator Hatch, Utah
202-224-5251
tom_jipping@hatch.senate.gov

(If you missed the Disability Treaty Rally that was in Washington DC on Tuesday, July 29th, you can watch videos of some of it–some labeled CRPD, some labeled NCIL–at http://bambuser.com/channel/USICD. Unfortunately no captions, but the person who did the filming attempted to keep the sign interpreter in the shot when feasible.)

REMINDER: Rally for the Disability Treaty July 29th and Call Your Senators!

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with caneWe need you for our final push to ratify the Disability Treaty!

Tell the Senate the Time for Excuses is Over!

PLEASE Call your Senators!  And join us at a Rally for the CRPD to let the Senate know we want this brought up for a floor vote NOW! 

When:
July 29th, 2014 at Noon
(We will gather at the NCIL rally and move to a location TBD so please join us on time!)

Where:
3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Ave NW and Maryland Ave SW
We will be gathering at the NCIL rally, which will be in area 15 on this map: http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/special_events/map.pdf
The nearest three Metro Stations are Judiciary Square (red line), Federal Center (blue and orange lines), and Archives (yellow and green lines)

If you’re not located in DC, you can take part by visiting your Senators’ in-state offices and expressing your support for the CRPD!

Encourage your DC-area contacts to attend the Rally! If you’re in Facebook, use the “Invite Friends” feature at https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/In red text, it says Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

New to the Disability Treaty? Quick overview at http://disabilitytreaty.org/faq

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Your Senators need to hear from you again that you support the CRPD! Show that the community is behind this treaty and that we want the process to KEEP MOVING FORWARD to a Floor vote!

Additionally, Senator Reid also needs to hear from us, and that we want a floor vote NOW!

Visit our citizen action portal to call your Senators http://disabilitytreaty.org!  They need to hear from our movement now or we will not succeed.

SIT student from Ghana CRPDEvery call counts–even if you’ve already called a hundred times before.  Don’t let people opposed to international cooperation outnumber us in phone calls like they did in December 2012.  We need to be louder than they are.  Tired of calling your own Senators?  Consider calling some Senators who really need to hear from CRPD advocates: www.handicap-international.us/breaking_crpd

If you can come to the rally in person tomorrow–great! I’ll see you there!  We need a large crowd to make a good impression on Senators.   If you simply cannot come in person, you can still watch it via live video streaming on the web at https://bambuser.com/channel/USCD!

Urgent Action for Disability Treaty Needed: Join July 29th Rally in DC!

If you’re in DC and care about disability rights, please join the Disability Treaty Rally this July 29th! https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/ Even if you cannot attend or aren’t in DC, there are other ways you can help! CRPD graphic 0614

This could be a crucial make or break moment for the Disability Treaty (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD). Which is why YOUR timely action is URGENT. We recently passed a major hurdle when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the CRPD out of committee. But we still need Senator Reid to schedule a full floor vote. And we need more votes to get the super-majority two-thirds vote we need to ratify the CRPD (67 out of 100 Senators).

You may know that the Disability Treaty is a major international agreement protecting the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not. Not familiar with it? Visit http://disabilitytreaty.org/ and read the CRPD 1 Pager at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager. Learn why more than 800 disability, veterans, faith, business, and human rights organizations support it.

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with canePlease join the July 29 rally for the “Disability Treaty” (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) in Washington DC!

We will gather at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 29 on 3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Maryland Avenue SW. Please arrive PROMPTLY. We will go to a location to be announced.  If you cannot attend in person, you can watch via live video streaming on the web at https://bambuser.com/channel/USICD.

We also need YOU to CALL SENATORS and tell them to ratify the CRPD! And ask your friends all over USA to do the same! Find phone numbers and talking points at the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org/!  Already called your own Senators and Senator Reid? Please consider also calling some key targeted SenatorsLead Disability Orgs

If desired, RSVP for the rally at https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/ Even if you cannot attend, you can still help encourage your DC-area contacts to participate. If you use Facebook, go to the Facebook event page and use the “Invite Friends” feature (a little down in the right column) to invite your DC-area contacts to the Rally.

NAD Asks Deaf Community: Take Action to Support Disability Treaty NOW!

Yes, everyone should please call your Senators! The http://disabilitytreaty.org website can help you with phone numbers and a suggested script for what to say on the phone to Senators’ staff.  Yes, you can call over the weekend–voice mail messages are counted, too!  Yes, you can call the same Senators with the same messages multiple times: each call is still counted. Tired of calling your own Senators?  Consider calling the Senators listed at http://www.handicap-international.us/breaking_crpd

If you’re in DC, please come to the Disability Treaty / CRPD Rally on July 29th! Learn the details at https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/. Or, even if you can’t go, please use the “Invite Friends” feature (a little down in the right column) to invite all your DC-area Facebook contacts to the Rally. Make sure everyone in DC knows this Rally is happening! People can take a long lunch break to attend!

Or if you’re new to the Disability Treaty and want to learn more about it first, try these:  http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager, http://bit.ly/CRPDtimeline, and http://bit.ly/Deaf4CRPD.  Or, if you’re ambitious, you can read the text of what the Disability Treaty itself says (it’s long!): http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/convention

Join the July 29th Rally for the Disability Treaty in Washington DC!

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with caneWe are experiencing, right now, a make or break moment for ratifying the Disability Treaty.  On one hand, we are now closer to ratifying the Disability Treaty than we have been since 2012! But on the other we could still miss it—unless we have YOUR help in taking action!  We urgently need your involvement to give this treaty one big final push.

You may know that the Disability Treaty is a crucial international agreement protecting the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not. Not familiar with it?  Read a handout on the CRPD at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager, click here for more resources on the CRPD, or read the text of the Disability Treaty itself.  Learn why more than 800 disability, veterans, faith, business, and human rights organizations support it.

Please join the July 29 rally for the “Disability Treaty” (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) in Washington DC!  RSVP for the march and invite your friends via https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/

The rally will gather at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 29 on 3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Maryland Avenue SW.CRPD graphic 0614  Please arrive PROMPTLY.

We also need YOU to CALL SENATORS and tell them to ratify the CRPD! And ask your friends all over USA to do the same! Find phone numbers and talking points at the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org/!  Finished calling your own Senators?  Ready for more phone calls? Consider calling some of our targeted Senators!

 

YOUR International Travel Stories Could Help Global Disability Rights

CRPD_StickerAre you a person with a disability? Have you traveled or lived in a country other than the U.S.? Have you faced accessibility barriers or disability-based discrimination while in another country? Or, have you ever been unable to participate in an international exchange program because of accessibility barriers abroad?

YOUR story could help the U.S. ratify the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, http://disabilitytreaty.org). This is an important international agreement to honor the civil rights of people with disabilities: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not.

  • Please take a few minutes to think of one specific incident in which you experienced problems in another country because of your disability.
  • OR, think about a time you couldn’t participate in an international exchange program or other international trip because of disability discrimination abroad.
  • Please write a few sentences about this one specific incident. Then, submit your story via the web at http://www.harkin.senate.gov/help/crpdstories.cfm
  • You may have experienced problems on many occasions in another country. But we are asking you to choose ONE incident to describe.
  • Please submit multiple stories if you are able! We ask that each story describe a separate, single incident. 

Your story could be used to educate U.S. Senators about why 1 billion people with disabilities around the world need them to ratify the Disability Treaty (CRPD).  Learn more about the campaign for U.S. ratification of the CRPD at http://disabilitytreaty.org.

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