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Mental Disability Rights International

MDRI, a sponsor group of MFI, works for human rights of people all over the world who are have a "mental disability" diagnosis.

MDRI Wins International Human Rights Award

MDRI Wins International Human Rights Award

The 2007 Thomas J. Dodd Prize hfor International Justice and Human Rights has been given to Mental Disability Rights International, a sponsor group of MindFreedom International. Here is MDRI's news release.

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MDRI Receives Human Rights Award, Appears in Mother Jones Magazine

MDRI Receives Human Rights Award, Appears in Mother Jones Magazine

MindFreedom sponsor organization Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) announces that it has won the Council on Global Psychiatry's 2009 Human Rights award, and will be covered in an upcoming issue of Mother Jones magazine. MindFreedom International applauds MDRI for these accomplishments. While MindFreedom holds a peaceful protest outside of the APA meeting where MDRI is given the award, MDRI will be speaking out about human rights inside! Join us.

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Laurie Ahern, Mental Health Advocate, Named President of Mental Disability Rights International

Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) announces that Laurie Ahern, psychiatric survivor, has been voted by their board of directors to be MDRI President. MDRI is a sponsor group in MindFreedom International working for mental health rights and alternative mental health.

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Human Rights Group Files "Torture" Charge with UN Against USA Facility

Human Rights Group Files "Torture" Charge with UN Against USA Facility

A Massachusetts facility that uses painful electric jolts on people diagnosed with mental disabilities has been charged with "torture" by Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI), in a complaint filed with the United Nation Special Rapporteur on Torture. MDRI is a sponsor group of MindFreedom International. Read the MDRI news release here:

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Photo from Mother Jones investigation of Judge Rotenberg Center

Photo from Mother Jones investigation of Judge Rotenberg Center

The Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts uses overt, extreme, repeated pain on young people diagnosed with psychiatric and other mental disabilities. Here a staff person is shown carrying various remote controls on his belt, used to activate the pain. Mother Jones investigated the Center in 2007, and Mental Disability Rights International investigated torture allegations in 2010.

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The Washington Post publishes debate on whether Judge Rotenberg Center tortures children.

The Washington Post published the following debate about whether the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Massachusetts tortures many of the children detained there. On 2 October 2010, The Washington Post published the below essay by president of Disability Rights International, Laurie Ahern, charging JRC with torture. A United Nations representative agrees. DRI is a sponsor group of MindFreedom International. Following this essay you'll find a reply by Matthew L. Israel, who directs JRC, which the The Washington Post published one week later.

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Laurie Ahern, President, Disability Rights International

Laurie Ahern, President, Disability Rights International

Laurie Ahern is President of Disability Rights International or DRI (formerly named Mental Disability Rights International). DRI is a sponsor group in MFI's Support Coalition. Laurie is a long-time member and supporter of MindFreedom International. (Photo by Tom Olin at MFI Strategy Retreat.)

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Victory Against Painful Shocks: Rotenberg Director Resigns After Indictment

Victory Against Painful Shocks: Rotenberg Director Resigns After Indictment

Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts has used thousands upon thousands of electrical jolts to induce pain in young people diagnosed with mental disabilities. Disability Rights International (DRI) targeted Rotenberg with an investigation last year, and now there's a victory: After an indictment, Matthew Israel who is Rotenberg founder and director, has resigned.

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End of Rotenberg Painful Shocks Ordered for New Admissions

End of Rotenberg Painful Shocks Ordered for New Admissions

Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Massachusetts used thousands upon thousands of electrical jolts to induce pain in young people diagnosed with mental disabilities. Disability Rights International (DRI) targeted Rotenberg with an investigation last year. In a major victory, DRI announces that JRC has been ordered to end their shocks for "new admissions."

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Amy Smith, psychiatric survivor, organizer and artist

From her home in Colorado, Amy Smith provides leadership for the movement to change the mental health system in a variety of ways, from events to art work for the Occupy American Psychiatric Association peaceful protests by MindFreedom International. Amy is a psychiatric survivor, who has been psych drug-free since 2008. She is the former director of Colorado’s statewide consumer organization, and the creator of RISE University, an education program designed to illuminate the experience of labeled individuals and their families.
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