To continue the momentum toward achieving disability rights in Mexico, participation from all segments of society is needed. Join the movement!

Welcome!

The RightsNow! project is honored to work with disability advocates and allies in Mexico to strengthen communities through disability rights implementation.

Mexico is a pioneer in promoting disability rights and implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and serves as a reference for countries in the region. Mexico ratified the CRPD in 2007, and in 2011, signed into law the General Law for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities (LGPID), which replaced the 2005 law. This new rights-based law incorporates principles of the CRPD, and calls for the government to promote, protect, and guarantee the use of all human rights and liberties of people with disabilities, ensuring the full inclusion into society with respect, equality, and guaranteeing opportunities on equal basis. The current administration has also established the National Program for the Development of People with Disabilities from 2013-2018, which outlines the government’s plans to promote legislative and administrative actions that guarantee the rights of people with disabilities to exercise their full rights as citizens.

In spite of this progress, implementation and enforcement of the laws remains slow and inconsistent. Challenges include changes in administration, a lack of consistency and unity among advocacy groups and other stakeholders, and the political structure, which provides full autonomy to all 31 states and Federal District to create their own laws and regulations. This has resulted in a lack of harmonization between state laws, the national LGPID, and the CRPD.

Disability-led organizations, policy makers, legal experts and civil society actors are actively addressing these issues, and engaging to identify solutions that will guarantee full inclusion of disabled citizens through effective implementation and enforcement of existing laws and policies.

The RightsNow! project welcomes all people to become actively involved in moving the disability rights agenda forward in Mexico using the tools and resources made available in the Global Disability Rights Now! resource center.

RightsNow! Activities in Mexico

In October 2015, RightsNow! sent a team of experts in disability law, coalition building, and political advocacy to Mexico City to conduct a five-day training and work with Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), government, and civil society leaders.

The training addressed priority issues and resulted in the development of collaborative plans for local actions. 

The training in Mexico consisted of three distinct sessions with different groups of participants. 

  1. The first 3-day training session focused on 28 individual participants from Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and organizations for people with disabilities. The participants came from across the country and included persons with disabilities and disability advocates such as parents and organizational staff. This session featured training on advocacy and coalition building, lessons learned through enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and exploration of the Mexican disability law and human rights framework. Participants were required to collaborate with each other to identify advocacy priorities, and develop group action plans for collaborating on achievable and measurable goals
  2. The next session was a half-day spent with a mix of representatives from the Federal and Federal District (Mexico City) governments who have responsibility for implementing some aspect of Mexican disability rights law, and a few DPO representatives who were present at the first training session. The participants were briefly introduced to aspects of the ADA and examples of U.S. partnership between government and the disability community.
  3. The final session was a full-day session with 18 human rights attorneys, representatives from academia and civil society, as well as continuing DPO participants from the first and second sessions. This last session fostered alliance building through highly interactive exercises and training on the Mexican administrative and legal mechanisms that the disability sector, academia, and human rights organizations could use for the redress of disability rights violations.

In March 2015, our project team conducted a 5-day introductory visit to Mexico City and met with a wide range of stakeholders to get first-hand information on the status of the implementation and enforcement of international and national disability legal frameworks. The U.S. experts co-facilitated sessions with disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and representatives of service organizations for people with disabilities; civil society and human rights organizations; academics; and public officers.The RightsNow! team also met with representatives from the US Embassy, USAID, the National Elections Institute (INE), political party representatives, and human rights lawyers. The visit was arranged in collaboration with COAMEX.

Spanish Resources

The key resources below are available in Spanish. It is our intention to continue to provide additional resources in Spanish.