Innovative Practices 2015 on Independent Living and Political Participation

Regional network to promote legal capacity of people with psychosocial disabilities

Funded by the Open Society Institute, the project seeks to establish a network of five countries to promote and raise awareness of the legal capacities of persons with psychosocial disabilities through workshops and monitoring.

“The project raises awareness about the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities to be recognized as persons before the law and their right to legal capacity, which leads to greater self-empowerment.”

- Felipe RAMOS, Technical Coordinator, The Trust for the Americas
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Regional network to promote legal capacity of people with psychosocial disabilities
Organisation:The Trust for the Americas
Country
of Implementation
Argentina (and others)

FACTS & FIGURES

  • 10 multisector, knowledge-sharing, and strategy-planning workshops were held in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
  • 5 workshops were directed to members of the justice sector and 5 to civil society leaders from organizations of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
  • A total of 355 key stakeholders were trained during the workshops.
Members of the Peruvian justice system attend a project workshop at the Congress of the Republic of Peru. © The Trust for the Americas

Members of the Peruvian justice system attend a project workshop at the Congress of the Republic of Peru.
© The Trust for the Americas

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Persons with psychosocial disabilities are systematically denied their right to recognition as persons before the law and their right to legal capacity by their own countries’ civil codes. The Trust for the Americas works to raise awareness about Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which recognizes those rights.

SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY

The project was launched in two phases. The first phase (January–April 2012) focused on mapping the state of affairs of the Legal Capacity of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities in six countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru. During the second phase (November 2012–December 2013) a series of workshops was held in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru to provide participants with a solid understanding of disability paradigms, the CRPD, and specific situations identified during the mapping.

OUTLOOK & TRANSFERABILITY

To ensure the continued impact and legacy of the project, a Network of Organizations and Individuals with Psychosocial Disabilities was created to monitor the legal and practical aspects of the implementation of CRPD, and to advocate for the rights of the people with psychosocial disabilities. The project can also be transferred and replicated in other countries, following the guidelines found in the Trust’s Legal Capacity Advocacy Toolbox.

CONTACT

Mr. Felipe RAMOS
The Trust for the Americas
1889 F Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006, United States of America +1-202-370-0768
framos@oas.org
www.oas.org

Nominated by: David A. ROJAS MEJIA, The Trust for the Americas

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